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Such a discomfit, as shall quite despoil him
Sams. Spare that proposal, father, spare the Of that solicitation : let me here,
(trouble As I deserve, pay on my punishment, And expiate, if possible, my crime, Shameful garrulity. To have reveald Secrets of men, the secrets of a friend, How heinous had the fact been, how deserving Contempt and scorn of all, to be excluded All friendship, and avoided as a blab, 471 blank] Hamlet, act iii. sc. 2.
• Each opposite that blanks the face of joy.' Todd.
The mark of fool set on his front?
Man. Be penitent and for thy fault contrite,
accepts, Best pleas'd with humble and filial submission, Him who imploring mercy sues for life, Than who self-rigorous chooses death as due, Which argues over-just, and self-displeas'd For self-offence, more than for God offended. 515 Reject not then what offer'd means : who knows But God hath set before us, to return thee Home to thy country and his sacred house, Where thou may'st bring thy off'rings, to avert His further ire, with prayers and vows renew'd ?
Sams. His pardon I implore; but as for life, To what end should I seek it? when in strength All mortals I excell'd, and great in hopes With youthful courage and magnanimous thoughts Of birth from heav'n foretold, and high exploits,
Full of divine instinct, after some proof
Chor. Desire of wine and all delicious drinks,
Sams. Wherever fountain or fresh current flow'd Against the eastern ray, translucent, pure, With touch etherial of heav'n's fiery rod, 535 lay my head] Spens. F. Q. ii. vi. 14.
laying his head disarm'd In her loose lap
Todd. 545 cheers] Judges ix. 13. • Wine which cheereth God and man.'
549 touch] Lucr. iv. 409. • Contingens fervidus igne.' Jlor. Od. iii. xiii. 9. • Aura caniculæ nescit tangere.' Sid. apoll. xxiii. 94. ‘fulminei tactus.'
I drank, from the clear milky juice allaying Thirst, and refresh'd ; nor envied them the grape, Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. Chor. O madness, to think use of strongest
wines And strongest drinks our chief support of health, When God with these forbidden made choice to rear His mighty champion, strong above compare, Whose drink was only from the liquid brook. Sams. But what avail'd this temperance, not
complete Against another object more enticing ? What boots it at one gate to make defence, 500 And at another to let in the foe, Effeminately vanquish'd ? by which means, Now blind, dishearten’d, sham’d, dishonour'd, To what can I be useful, wherein serve [quellid, My nation, and the work from heav'n impos'd, 565 But to sit idle on the household hearth, A burd'nous drone ; to visitants a gaze, Or pitied object, these redundant locks Robustious to no purpose clust'ring down, Vain monument of strength, till length of years 570 And sedentary numbness craze my limbs To a contemptible old age obscure ? Here rather let me drudge and earn my bread, Till vermin or the draff of servile food
369 Robustious] Drayton's Baron's Warrs, 1627. c. v. st. 85.
• Cast fronı my seat, in some robustious course.' Todd.
Consume me, and oft invocated death
Man. Wilt thou then serve the Philistines with
Sams. All otherwise to me my thoughts portend, That these dark orbs no more shall treat with light, Nor th' other light of life continue long, But yield to double darkness nigh at hand : So much I feel my genial spirits droop, My hopes all flat, nature within me seems 595 In all her functions weary of herself, My race of glory run, and race of shame, And I shall shortly be with them that rest. Man. Believe not these suggestions, which
proceed From anguish of the mind and humours black, 600
997 race] May's Cleopatra, p. 48.
My race of life, and glory is not run.'