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Some source of consolation from above,

And words addressid seem into tears dissöfra,
Secret refreshings, that repair his strength, Wetting the borders of her silken veil :
And fainting spirits uphold.

But now again she makes address to speak.
God of our fathers, what is man!
That thou towards him with hand so various,

(Enter] Dalila. Or might I say contrarious,

[course, Dal. With doubtful feet and wavering reso Temper'st thy providence through his short

lution Not evenly, as thou rul'st

(mute, I came, still dreading thy displeasure, Samson, The angelic orders, and inferior creatures Which to have merited, without excusé, Irrational and brute.

I cannot but acknowledge; yet, if tears Nor do I name of men the common rout,

May expiate, (though the fact more evil drew That, wandering loose about,

In the perverse event than I foresaw,) Grow up and perish, as the summer-fly,

My penance hath not slacker'd, though my parHeads without name no more remember'd; No way assurd. But conjugal affection, (don But such as thou hast solemnly elected,

Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, With gifts and graces eminently adorn'd,

Hath led me on, desirous to behold To some great work, thy glory,

Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, And people's safety, which in part they effect : If aught in my ability may serve Yet toward these thus dignified, thou oft, To lighten what thou suffer'st, and appease Amidst their height of noon, [no regard Thy mind with what amends is in my power, Changest thy countenance, and thy hand, with Though late, yet in some part to recompense Of highest favours past

My rash, but more unfortunate, misdeed, From thee on them, or them to thee of service. Sams. Out, oat, hyæna ! these are thy wonted Nor only dost degrade them, or remit

arts, To life obscur'd, which were a fair dismission, And arts of every woman fálse like thee, But throw'st them lower than thou didst exalt To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray, Unseemly falls in human eye, [them high, | Then as repentant to submit, beseech, Too grievous for the trespass or omission; And reconcilement move with feign'd remorse, Oft leav'st them to the hostile sword

Confess, and promise wonders in her change; Of heathen and profane, their carcasses Not truly penitent, but chief to try To dogs and fowls a prey, or else captiv'd ; Her husband, how far urg'd his patience bears, Or to the unjust tribunals, under change of times, His virtue or weakness which way to assail : And condemnation of the ingrateful multitude. Then with more cautious and instructed skill If these they 'scape, perhaps in poverty

Again transgresses, and again submits; With sickness and disease thou buw'st them down, That wisest and best men, full oft beguild, Painfal diseases and deformd,

With goodness priucipled not to reject. lu crude old age;

The penitent, but ever to forgive,
Though not disordinate, yet causeless suffering Are drawn to wear out miserable days,
Tbe punishment of dissolute days: in fine, Entangled with a poisonous bosom snake,
Just, or unjust, alike seem miserable,

If not by quick destriction soon cut off,
For oft alike both come to evil end.

As l by thee, to ages an example, So deal not with this once thy glorious cham- Dal. Yet hear me, Samson; not that I en pion,

To lessed or extenuate my offence, [deavour The image of thy strength, and mighty minister. But that on the other side, if it be weigh'd What do I beg ? how hast thou dealt already? By itself, with aggravations not surcharg'd, Behold him in this state calamitous, and turn Or eise with just allowance counterpoisid, His labours, for thou canst, to peaceful end. I may, if possible, thy pardon find

But who is this, what thing of sea or laud ? The easier towards me, or thy hatred less. Female of sex it seems,

First granting, as I do, it was a weakness Thuat so bedeck'd, ornate, and gay,

In me, but incident to all our sex, Comes this way sailing

Curiosity, inquisitivé, importune, Like a stately ship

Of secrets, then with like infirmity Of Tarsus; bound for the isles

To publish them, both common female faults: Of Java or Gadire

Was it not weakness also to make known
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, For importunity, that is, for nought,
Sails fill'd, and streamers waving,

Wherein consisted all thy strength and safety ? Courted by all the winds that hold them play, To what I did thou show'd'st me first the way, Anamber scent of odorous perfume

But I tv enemies reveal'd, and should not : Her harbinger, a damsel train behind ;

Nor should'st thou have trusted that to woman's Some rich Philistian matron she may seem; Ere I to thee, thou to thyself wast cruel.[frailty : And now at nearer view, no uther certain

Let weakness then with weakness come to parle, Than Dalila thy wife.

So near related, or the same of kind. #-Sams. My wife! my traitress: let her not Thine forgive mine ; that men maý censure thine come near me.

The gentler, if severely thou exact not [found. Chor. Yet on she moves, now stands and eyes More strength from me, than in thyself was thee fix's,

[clin'd, And what if love, which thou interpret'st hate, About to have spoke ; but now, with head de- The jealousy of love, powerful of sway Like a fair flower surebarged with dew, she in human hearts, nor less in mind towards thee, weeps,

Caus'd what I did? I saw thee mutable


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• Of fancy, fear'd lest one day thou would'st leave was not behind, but erer at my car,

Preaching how meritorious with the gods
As her at Timna, sought by all means therefore it would be to ensnare an irreligious
How to endear, and hold thee to me firmest : Dishonourer of Dagon : what had I
No better way I saw than by impórtuniug To oppose against such powerful arguments?
To learn thy secrets, get into my power

Only my love of thee held long debate,
Thy key of strength and safety : thou wilt say, And combated in silence all these reasons
Why then reveal'd? I was assurd by those With hard contést : at length that grounded
Who tempted me, that nothing was design'd

maxim, Against thee but safe custody, and hold : So rife and celebrated in the mouths That made for me ; I knew that liberty

Of wisest men, that to the public good Would draw thee forth to perilous enterprises, Private respects must yield, with grave authority While I at home sat full of cares and fears, Took full possession of me, and prevail'd; Wailing thy absence in my widow'd bed; Virtue, as I thought, truth, duty, so enjoining. Here I should still enjoy thee, day and night, Sams. I thought where all thy circling wiles Mine and love's prisoner, not the Philistines',

would end ; Whole to myself, unhazarded abroad,

In feign'd religion, smuoth hypocrisy ! Fearless at home of partners in my love.

But had thy love, stillodiously pretended, [thee These reasons in love's law have past for good, Been, as it ought, sincere, it would have taught Though fond and reasonless to some perhaps : Par other reasonings, brought forth other deeds. And love hath oft, well meaning, wrought much I, before all the daughters of my tribe woe,

And of my nation, chose thee from among Yet always pity or pardon hath obtain'd. My enemies, lov'd thee, as too well thou knew'st; Be not unlike all others, not austere

Too well; unbosom'd all my secrets to thee, As thou art strong, inflexible as steel.

Not out of levity, but over-power'd If thou in strength all mortals dost exceed,

By thy request, who could deny thee nothing ; ln uncompassionate anger do not so.

Yet now am judg'd an enemy. Why then Sams. How cunningly the sorceress displays Did'st thou at first receive me for thy husband, Her own transgressions, to upbraid me mine! Then, as since then, thy country's foe profess'd / That malice, not repentance, brought thee hither, Being once a wife, for me thou wast to leave By this appears: I gave, thou say'st, the ex- Parents and country ; nor was I their subject, ample,

Nor under their protection but my own, I led the way ; bitter reproach, but true; Thou mine, not theirs : if aught against my life I to myself was false ere thou to me;

Thy country sought of thee, it sought unjustiy, Such pardon therefore as I give my folly, Against the law of nature, law of nations ; Take to thy wicked deed ; which when thou seest No more thy country, but an impions crew Impartial, self-severe, inexorable,

Of men conspiring to uphold their state Thou wilt renounce thy seeking, and much rather By worse than hostile deeds, violating the ends Confess it feign'd : weakness is thy excuse, For which our country is a name so dear; And I believe it; weakness to resist

Not therefore to be obey'd. But zeal mov'd thee; Philistian gold: if weakness may excuse,

To please thy gods thou didst it; gods, unable What murderer, what trajtor, parricide,

To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it? But by ungodly deeds, the contradiction All wickedness is weakness : that plea therefore Of their own deity, gods cannot be ; With God or man will gain thee no remission, Less therefore to be pleas'd, obey'd or feard. But love constrain'd thee; call it furious rage These false pretexts, and varnish'd colours failTo satisfy thy lust: love seeks to have love;

ing, My love how could'st thou hope, who took'st the Bare in thy guilt, how foul must thou appear? 'To raise in me inexpiable hate,

(way Dal. In argument with men a womail ever Knowing, as needs i must, by thee betray'd ? Goes by the worse whatever be her cause. In vain thou striv'st to cover shame with shame, Sams. For want of words ro doubt, or lack of Or by evasions thy crime uncover'st more.

breath; Dal. Since thou determin'st weakness for no Witness when I was worried with thy peals. plea

[ing, Dal. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken
In man or woman, though to thy own condemn: In what I thought would have succeeded best.
Hear wbat assaults I had, what snares besides, Let me obtain forgiveness of thee, Samson;
What sieges girt me round, ere I consented; Afford me place to show what recompense
Which might have aw'd the best-resolv'd of men, Towards thee I intend for what I have misdone,
The constantest, to have yielded without blame. Misguided ; only what remains past cure
It was not gold, as to my charge thou lay'st, Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist
That wrought with me: thou know'st the inagis. To afflict thyself in vain : though sight be lost,

Life yet hath many solaces, enjoyi:1
And princes of my country came in person, Where other senses want not their delights
Solicited, commanded, threaten'd, urg'd,

At home in leisure and domestic ease,
Adjur'd by all the bonds of civil duty

Exempt from many a care and chance, to whip And of religion, press'd how just it was,

Eye-sigbt exposes daily men abroad. Huw honourable, how glorious, to entrap

I to the lords will intercede, not doubting A common enemy, 'who had destroy'd

Their favourable ear, that I máy fetch three Such numbers of our nation : and the priest From forth this luathsome prison longe to abide


With me, where my redoubled love' and care With odours visited and annual Rowers ;
With nursing diligence, to me glad office, Vot less renown'd than in mount Ephrain
May ever tend about thee to old age, [plied, Jael, who with hospitable guile
With all things grateful cheer'd, and so sup. Smote Sisera sleeping, through the temples nail do
That, what by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt Nor shall I connt it heinous to enjoy

The public marks of honour and reward,
Sams. No, no; of my condition take no care; Conferrod upon me, for the piety
It fits not ; thou and I long since are twain : Which to my country I was fudg'd to have shown.
Nor think me so unwary or accurs'd,

At this whoever envies or repiues, To bring my feet again into the soare

I leave him to his lot, and like my own. (Exil.] Where once I have been caught: I know thy Chur. She's gune, a manifest serpent by her trains,

sting Though dearly to my cost, thy gins, and toils; Discover'd in the end, till now conreal'd. Thy fair enchanted cup, and warbling charms, Sams. So let her go ; God sent her to debase No more on me have power; their force is nulld; And aggravate my folly, who committed [me, So much of adder's wisdom I have learn's, To such a viper his most sacred trust To fence my ear against thy sorceries.

Of secresy, my safety, and my life. If in my flower of youth and strength, when all Chor. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath

[hate me

strange power,
Lov'd, honour'd, fear'd me, thou alone could'st | After offence returning, to regain
Thy husband, slight me, sell me, and forego me; | Love once posséss'd, nor can be easily
How wouldst thou use me now, blind, and thereby Repuls'd, without much inward passion felt
Deceivable, in most things as a child

And secret sting of amorous remorse.
Helpless, thence easily contemn'd and scorn'd, Sams. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord
And last neglected ? how would'st thou insult, Not wedlock-treachery endangering life. (end,
When I must live uxorious to thiy will

Chor. It is not virtue, wisdom, valóur, wit,
In perfect thraldom, how again betray me; Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit,
Bearing my words and doings to the lords That woman's love can wirt, or long inherit;
To gloss upon, and, censuring, frown or smile? But what it is, hard is to say,
This jail I count the house of liberty

Harder to hit,
To thine, whose doors my feet shall never enter. (Which way soever men refer it,)
Dal. Let me approach at least, and touch thy Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day

Or seven, though one should musing sit. Sams. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance If any of these, or all, the Timnjan bride wake

Had not so soon prefert'd
My sudden rage to tear thee joint by joint. Thiy paranymph, worthless to thee compard,
At distance I forgive thee; go with that ; Successor in thy bed,
Bewail thy falsehood, and the pious works Nor Both so loosely disallied
It hath brought forth to make thee memorable Their nuptials, nor tiris last so treacherous
Among illustrious women, faithful wives!

Had shorn the fatal harvest of thy head.
Cherish thy hasten'd widowhood with the gold Isit for that such outward ornament
Of matrimonial treason ! so farewell.

Was lavish'd on their sex, that inward gifts
Dal. I see thou art implacable, more deaf Were left for haste unfinisb’d, judgment scant,
To prayers, than winds and seas ; yet winds to Capacity not rais'd to apprehend
Are reconcil'd at length, and sea to shore : (seas or value what is best
Thy anger, unappeasable, still rages,

In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong?
Eternal tempest, never to be calın'd.

Or was too much of self-love mix'd,
Why do I humble thus myself, and, suing Of cunstancy no root infix'd,
For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate? That either they love nothing, or not long!
Bid go with evil omen, and the brand

Whate'er it be, to wisest men and best
Of infamy upon my name de nounc'd ?

Seeming at first all heavenly under virgin veil, To mix with thy concernments Idesist

Soft, modest, ineek, demure,
Henceforth, nor too much disapprove my own. Once join'd, the contrary she proves, a thoro
Fame, if not double-fac'd, is double-mouth'd, Intestine, far within defensive arms
And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds; A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue
On both his wings, one black, the other white, Adverse and turbulent, or by her charan
Bears greatest names in his wild aery night. Draws him awry euslar'd
My name perhaps among the circumcis'd With dotage, and his sense deprar'd
In Dan, id Judah, and the bordering tribes, To folly and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
To all posterity may stand de ain'd,

What pilot so expert but needs must wreck
With malediction mention'd, and the blot

Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helin? Of falsehood most unconjugal traduc'd.

Favour'd of Heaven, who finds But in my country, where I most desire,

One virtuous, rarely found, In Ecron, Gaza, Asdod, and in Gath,

That in domestic good combines : I shall be dam'd among the famousest

Happy that house! his way to peace is smooth: Of women, sung at solemn festivals,

But virtue, which breaks through all opposilms, Living and dead recorded, who, to save

And all temptation can remote,
Her country from a fierce destroyer, chose Most shines, and most is acceptable above,
Above the faith of wedlock-bands ; my tomb Therefore God's universal lar

Gave to the man despotic power

Nor in the house with chamber-ambushes Over his female in due awe,

Close-banded durst attack me, no, not sleeping.' Nor from that right to part an hour,

Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold Smile she or lour :

Breaking her marriage-faith to circumveut mie. So shall he least confusion draw

Therefore, without feign'd shifts, let be assiga'd On his whole life, not sway'd

Some narrow place enclos'd, where sight may By female usurpation, or dismay'd.

give thee, But had we best retire ? I see a storm. Or rather fight, no great advantage on' me ; Sams. Pair days have oft contracted wind and Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, tlıy helmet rain.

And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, Chor. But this another kind of tempest brings. Vant-brace and greves, and gauntlet, add thy Sams. Be less abstruse, my riddling days are

spear, past.

A weaver's beam, and seven-times-folded shield; Chor. Look now for no enchanting voice, nor I only with an oaken staff will meet thee, fear

And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron, The bait of honied words ; à rougher tongue Which long shall not withlrold me from thy Draws hitherward; I know him by his stride,

head, The giant Harapha of Gath, his look

That in a little time, while breath remains thee, Haughty, as is his pile high-built and proud. Thou oft shalt wish thyself at Gath to boast Comes he in peace? what wind hath blown him again in safety what thou would'st have done I less conjecture than when first I saw [hither To Samson, but shalt never see Gath more. The sumptuous Dalila floating this way :

Har. Thou durst not thus disparage glorious His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.

arms, Sams. Or peace, or not, alike to me he comes. Which greatest heroes have in battle wom, Chor. His fraught we soon shall know, he now Their ornament and safety, had not spells arrives.

And black enchantments, some magician's art,

Arm'd thee or charm'd thee strong, which shou [Enter) Harapha.

from Heaven Har. I come not, Samson, to condole thy Feign'dst at thy birth, was given thee in thy hair, chance,

Where strength can least abide, though all thy As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been,

hairs Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath ; Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd

Of chafod wild boars, or ruffled porcupines. As Og, or Anak, and the Emims old

Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts; That Kiriathaim held ; thou know'st me now My trust is in the living God, who gave me If thou at all art known. Much I have heard At my nativity this strength, diffus'd Ofthy prodig ous might and feats perform'd, No less through all my sinews, joints, and bones, Incredible to me, in this displeas'd,

Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unshorn, That I was never present on the place

The pledge of my unviolated vow.
Of those encounters, where we might have tried For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy god,
Each other's force in camp or listed field; Go to his temple, invocate his aid
And now am come to see of whom such noise With solemnest devotion, spread before him
Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey, How highly it concerns his glory now
If thy appearance answer loud report.

To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells, Sams. The way to know were not to see but Which I to be the power of Israel's God taste.

Arow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Mar Dost thou already single me? I thought | Offering to cumbat thee his champion bold, Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune With the utmost of his Godhead seconded : Had brought me to the field, where thou art Then thou shalt see, or rather, to thy sorrow, fam'd

Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine. To have wrought such wonders with an ass's jaw ! Har. Presume not on thy God, whate'er he be ; I should have forc'd thee soon with other arms, Thee le regards not, owns not, hath cut off Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown: Quite from his people, and deliver'd up So had the glory of prowess been recover'd Into thy enemies' hand, permitted them To Palestine, won by a Philistine,

To put out both thine eyes, and fetter'd send thee From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear'st Into the common prison, there to grind The highest name for valiant acts; that honour, Among the slaves and asses thy comrades, Certain to have won by mortal duel from thee, As good for nothing else; to better service I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.

With those thy boisterous locks, no worthy match Sams. Boast not of what thou would'st hare For valour to assail, nor by the sword done, but do

Of noble warrior, so to stain his honour, What then thou would'st; thou seest it in thy But by the barber's razor best subdued. hand.

Sams. All these indignities, for such they are Her. To combat with a blind man I disdain, From thine, these evils I deserve, and more, And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd. Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me

Sams. Such usage as your honourable lords Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Afford me, assassinated and betray'd,

Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Who durst not with their whole united powers Gracious to re-admit the suppliant : In fight withstand me single and unarm'd, In confidence wbereof I once again

Defy thee to the
trial of mortal fight,

Har. This insolence other kind of answer fite. By combat to decide whose God is God,

Sams. Go, baffled coward ! lest I run uponi Thine, or whom I with Israel's sons adore.

thee, Har. Fair honour that thou dost thy God, in Though in these chains, bulk without spirit vasts trusting

And with one buffet lay thy structure low, He will accept thee to defend this cause, Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee down A murderer, a revolter, and a robber!

To the hazard of thy brains and sbatter'd sides. Sans. Tongue-doughty giant, how dost thou Har. By Astaroth, ere long thou shalt lament prove me these

These braveries, in irons loaden on thee: [Exil.] Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords? Chor. His giantship is gone somewhat crest Their magistrates confess'd it when they took

fallen, thee

Stalking with less unconscionable strides, As a league-breaker, and deliver'd bound And lower looks, but in a sultry chafe. Into our hands : for hadst thou not committed Sams.' I dread him nor, not all his giant-brood, Notorious murder on those thirty men

Though fame divulge him father of five sons, At 'Ascalon, who never did thee harm,

All of gigantic size, Goliah chief. Then like a robber stripp'dst them of their robes ? Chor. He will directly to the lords, I fear, The Philistines, when thou hadst broke the And with malicious counsel stir them up league,

Some way or other yet further to afflict thee. Went up with armed powers thee only seeking, Sams. He must allege some cause, and offer'd To others did no violence nor spoil.

fight Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines will not dare mention, lest a question rise I chose a wife, which argued me no foe; Whether he durst accept the offer or not ; And in your city held my nuptial feast: And, that he durst not, plain enough appear'd. But your ill-meaning politician lords,

Much more affliction than already felt Under pretence of bridal friends and guests, They cannot well impose, nor I sustain; Appointed to await me thirty spies, (bride if they intend advantage of my labours, Who, threatening cruel death, constrain' the The work of many bands, which earns my To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret,

'keeping That solv'd the riddle which I had propos d. With no small profit daily to my owners. When I perceiv'd all set on enmity,

But come what will, my deadliest foe will prove As on my enemies, wherever chancd,

My speediest friend, by death to rid me bence ; I us'd hostility, and took their spoil,

The worst that he can give to me the best. To pay my undermivers in their coin.

Yet so it may fall out, because their end My nation was subjected to your lords;

Is hate, not help to me, it may with mine It was the force of conquest ; force with force Draw their own ruin who attempt the deed. . Is well ejected when the conquer'd can.

Chor. Oh how comely it is, and how reviving But I a private person, whom my country To the spirits of just men long oppress'd ! As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum'd When God into the hands of their deliverer Single rebellion, and did hostile acts.

Puts invincible might
I was no private, but a person rais'd [Heaven, To quell the mighty of the Earth, the oppressor,
With strength sufficient, and command from The brute and boisterous force of violent men,
To free my country; if their servile minds Hardy and industrious to support
Me, their deliverer sent, would not receive, Tyrannic power, but raging to pursue
But to their masters gave me up for nought, The righteous and all such as honour truth;
The unworthier they'; whence to this day they He all their ammunition

And feats of svar defeats,
I was to do my part from Heaven assign’d, With plain heroic magnitude of mind
And had perform'd it, if my known offence And celestial vigour arm'd;
Had not disabled me, not all your force :

Their armouries and magazines contemns,
These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant, Renders them useless; while
Though by his blindness maim'd for high at- With winged expedition,

Swift as the lightning glance, he executes
Who now defies thee thrice to single fight, His errand on the wicked, who, surprisid,
As a petty enterprise of small enforce.

Lose their defenye, distracted and amaz'd. far. With thee! a man condemn'd, a slave But patience is more oft the exercise enroid,

Of saints, the trial of their fortitude,
Due by the law to capital punishment ! Making them each his own deliverer,
To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. And victor over all
Sams. Cam 'st thou for this, vain boaster, to That tyranny or fortone can inflict.
surrey me,

Either of these is in thy lot,
To descant on my strength, and yive thy verdict? Samson, with might endued
Come nearer ; part nut bence so slight inform'd; Above the sons of men; but sight bereav'd
But take good heed my hand survey not thee. May chance to number thee with those

Har. O Baal-zebub ! can my ears unus'd Whom patience finally must crown.
Hear these dishonours, and not render death? This idol's day hath been to thee noday of rest,
Sams. No inan withholds thee, nothing from Labouring thy mind
thy hand

More than the working day thy hands. Fcar I incurable; bring up thy van,

And yet perhaps mere trouble is behind, My heels aie setter'd, but my fist is free. for I descry this way

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