Heaven has to all allotted, soon or late, Some lucky revolution of their fate; Whose motions if we watch and guide with skill For human good depends on human will Our fortune rolls as from a smooth descent, And from the first impression takes the bent; But, if unseized, she glides away like wind, And leaves repenting folly far behind.
His cooks, with long disuse, their trade forgot;  Cool was his kitchen, though his brains were hot. At this time, the question of succession to King Charles had assumed great importance.
Of these the false Achitophel was first: He stands here for George Villiers, the second Duke of Buckingham Who now begins his progress to ordain With chariots, horsemen, and a numerous train: The two are thus reconciled and Saul recognises David as his successor. To ply him with new plots shall be my care, Or plunge him deep in some expensive war; Which when his treasure can no more supply,  He must, with the remains of kingship, buy.
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Are they poetic works or pure satire? The Monmouth Rebellion was put down, and in the Duke was executed. These Adam-wits, too fortunately free, Began to dream they wanted liberty: But all the while Dryden takes care to see that the political satire in not lost in the confusion of a too intricate Biblical parallelism.
And he for whom it was intended, was too witty to resent it as an injury … And thus, my lord, you see I have preferred the manner of Horace, and of your Lordship, in this kind of satire, to that of Juvenal. What then is left, but with a jealous eye To guard the small remains of royalty?
Patriot was a loaded word at the time, usually meaning a member of the Opposition. Why am I scanted by a niggard birth? Hydra, a monster with many heads. A daring pilot in extremity, Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high,  He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit.
For lawful power is still superior found; When long driven back, at length it stands the ground. Then let them take an unresisted course;  Retire, and traverse, and delude their force: Our only blessing since his curst return: Here the Roman Catholic priests. This set the heathen priesthood in a flame; For priests of all religions are the same: The definition of poetry has to date eluded literary critics but a general specification would be those forms of literary art which encompass imagery, rhyme, metre and wordplay.
Votes shall no more established power control,— Such votes, as make a part exceed the whole. If not; the people have a right supreme To make their kings; for kings are made for them.
His looks, his gestures, and his words he frames,  And with familiar ease repeats their names. Beware the fury of a patient man. David realises he has an opportunity to kill Saul, but this is not his intention: One cannot, for instance, ignore the obvious epic or heroic touches in it.
Not the boat in which Noah traveled, but the Ark of the Covenant. In this account, David is advised by Abishai that this is his opportunity to kill Saul, but David declines, saying he will not "stretch out [his] hand against the Lord's anointed".
Whom, when our fury from his aid has torn, He shall be naked left to public scorn. He has been decried as a time-server in politics, as a turncoat in religion, and in literature as the flexible follower of a succession of schools.
Let him give on till he can give no more, The thrifty Sanhedrin shall keep him poor: Let haughty Pharaoh curse with such a reign, His fruitful Nile, and yoke a servile train.
Its aim is generally constructive, and need not arise from cynicism or misanthropy. And made for empire, whispers me within; Desire of greatness is a god-like sin. Others thought kings an useless heavy load,  Who cost too much, and did too little good. Dryden is unequalled at debating in rhyme and Absalom and Achitophel displays his power of arguing in verse.
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–82 Dryden's long poem Absalom and Achitophel is an allegory that uses the story of the rebellion of Absalom against King David as the basis for his satire of the contemporary political situation, including events such as the Monmouth Rebellion (), the Popish Plot () and the Exclusion Crisis.Download