MICHAL, SAUL'S DAUGHTER THOMAS ELSO HASKELLMICHAL, SAUL'S DAUGHTER, SAVIG DAVID FROM DEATH.[So Saul sent messengers to David's house to take him, butMichal, his wife, the king's daughter, let David down througha window, and said to them: He is sick! The king then sentsoldiers to bring him in his bed, but she sent to Saul — he said:Let me go; why should I kill thee? And Saul gave her toPhaltiel, one of his generals.]— I Samuel xix-xxv; II Samueliii:14; vii:16.Doubtless were ways devised by wives,To rescue husbands from arrest,Especially, to spare their lives,Well weighed, they would not all seem best;Yet Virtue's Charity still veilsEven "striking faults" in vicious straits — As when Saul's ire his sons assails.And Michal twice prevaricates.It was when Saul, with hatred so inhuman,Desired his own deliverer to slaughter,And Jonathan's pure love passed that of woman,Her duty, as wife, sister, and king's daughter.Mingled such princely and supreme emotionsAs few women could feel in so full measure.That she, with well-determined wife-devotions,Kept David safe from the king's sore displeasure.