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Regardless of his glory's diminution ;
Till, by their own perplexities involved,
They ravel more, still less resolved,
But never find self-satisfying solution.

As if they would confine the Interminable,

And tie him to his own prescript,

Who made our laws to bind us, not himself,

And hath full right to exempt

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Whom so it pleases him by choice
From national obstriction, without taint

Of sin or legal debt;
For with his own laws he can best dispense.

He would not else, who never wanted means,

Nor in respect of the efiemy just cause
To set his people free,
Have prompted this heroic Nazarite,
Against his vow of strictest purity,
To seek in marriage that fallacious bride,

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Unclean, unchaste.

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Θεού αμνήμονες" εν δε το τελευτών

αμηχανίας περι

-πλοκαϊς απόροισιν αυ-τοι δεινόν εμπεπλεγμένοι, είσαεί αυταρκείας απέτυχον· αργός κατέχει νιν ασάφεια,

σχολή τον απείροναυτόν

αυτός οίς εψήφισεν είρξοντας, ος ου καθ' αυτού θέσμ' έθηκε τοϊς βροτοίς: παρόν τον αεί δοκoύνθ' οι,

ως άγος λύoντί τω, ελευθερούν ποθ', οίς πέφυκε, δεσμών.

πώς, ός και εκύρωσ', αυτός ου κάρισταναιρεϊν άν δύναιτο ταυτά;

πρόχειρον όν τώ Θεώ θέλοντι, πρός τ' εχθρών δίκαιον, την πόλιν σώζειν, όμως τον γεννάδαν

υποσχόμενόν περ βίον αγνότατον διαζής,

ανοσίων δόλω γάμων ώτρυν' αγάμων μιγήναι.

προς ταύτα ματαιόκομπα

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Down reason then, at least vain reasonings down,

[blocks in formation]

With mention of that name, renews the assault.

MANOAH. .

Brethren and men of Dan—for such ye seem,

Though in this uncouth place—if old respect,

As I suppose, toward your once-gloried friend,

My son, now captive, hither hath informed

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χαιρέτω σοφίσματα, μή νυν και λογισμός ορθώς

τωνδ' ύπερ καθίσταται το γούν επιεικές, εξά

-γιστος ήδ' εν τω γαμεϊν ουχ, ύστερον δ', ων ου μετείχεν ανήρ.

αλλ', εισορώ γάρ τον γεραι-ον, δεύρο προστείχοντα, σεμνότιμον,

λευκότριχήδη, σε τον φύσαντα, Μάνων, ασφάλειαν ευ ποδών τηρούντα, νύν τούτον φρόνει

πως δεί σε δέχεσθαι.

ΣΑΜΨΩΝ. φεύ τήσδε φωνής: ως διανταλαν τάλας πληγήν πέπληγμαι, δευτέραν ούτασμένος.

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ΜΑΝΩΣ. φίλοι Δάνητες, ολα γούν δοκείν εμοί, καίπερ δυσαύλο ξυντυχόντες εν τόπω, ει του πριν ούνεχ', ως επεικάσαι, κλέους, ο θητικής ήμειψεν αικίας τα νύν, εμού γεραιαν υστερήσαντος βάσιν,

Regardless of his glory's diminution ;

Till, by their own perplexities involved,

They ravel more, still less resolved,
But never find self-satisfying solution.

As if they would confine the Interminable,

And tie him to his own prescript,

Who made our laws to bind us, not himself,

And hath full right to exempt

310

Whom so it pleases him by choice

From national obstriction, without taint

Of sin or legal debt;
For with his own laws he can best dispense.

He would not else, who never wanted means,

Nor in respect of the efiemy just cause
To set his people free,
Have prompted this heroic Nazarite,
Against his vow of strictest purity,
To seek in marriage that fallacious bride,

320

Unclean, unchaste.

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