His daily teachers had been woods and rills;The silence that is in the starry sky,The sleep that is among the lonely hills."A2 THE LIFE OF DAVIDAnd then, in strange contrast with the medita-tive quiet and lowly duties of these first years,came the crowded vicissitudes of the tempestu-ous course through which he reached his thronecourt minstrel, companion and friend of aking, idol of the people, champion of the armiesof God and in his sudden elevation keeping thegracious sweetness of his lowlier, and perhapshappier days. The scene changes with startlingsuddenness to the desert. He is " hunted likea partridge upon the mountains," a fugitive andhalf a freebooter, taking service at foreign courts,and lurking on the frontiers with a band of out-laws recruited from the " dangerous classes " of Israel. Like Dante and many more, he has tolearn the weariness of the exile's lot how hardhis fare, how homeless his heart, how cold thecourtesies of aliens, how unslumbering the sus-picions which watch the refugee who fights onthe side of his " natural enemies." One moreswift transition and he is on the throne, for longyears victorious, prosperous, and beloved." or did he change ; but kept in lofty placeThe wisdom which adversity had bred,"