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To Samson, but shall never see Gath more.
from heav'n Feign'dst at thy birth was giv’n thee in thy hair, Where strength can least abide, tho' all thy hairs Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back Of chaf'd wild boars or ruffled porcupines.
Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts; My trust is in the living God, who gave me At my nativity this strength, diffus'd No less through all my sinews, joints, and bones, Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unshorn, The pledge of my unviolated vow. For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy god, Go to his temple, invocate his aid With solemnest devotion, spread before him How highly it concerns his glory now To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells, Which I to be the power of Israel's God Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Off'ring to combat thee his champion bold, With th' utmost of his godhead seconded : Then thou shalt see, or rather to thy sorrow Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine.
HAK. Presume not on thy God, whate'er he be,
Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off
Sams. All these indignities, for such they are
trusting He will accept thee to defend his cause, A murderer, a revolter, and a robber.
Sams. Tongue-doughty giant, how dost thou
prove me these?
Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords? 1162 comrúles.] Hen. IV. part 1. act. iv. sc. 2. And his comrades that daft the world aside. Newton.
Their magistrates confess’d it, when they took thee
Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines
To free my country; if their servile minds
Har. With thee a man condemn'd, a slave inDue by the law to capital punishment ? To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. Sams. Cam'st thou for this, vain boaster, to
survey me, To descant on my strength, and give thy verdict? Come nearer, part not hence so slight inform’d; But take good heed my hand survey not thee. 1030
Har. O Baal-zebub! can my ears unus'd Hear these dishonours, and not render death? SAMs. No man withholds thee, nothing from
thy hand Fear I incurable; bring up thy van, My heels are fetter'd, but my fist is free.
Har. This insolence other kind of answer fits.
Sams. Go, baffled coward, lest I run upon thee, Though in these chains, bulk without spirit vast, And with one buffet lay thy structure low, Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee down
To th' hazard of thy brains and shatter'd sides.
Har. By Astaroth ere long thou shalt lament These braveries in irons loaden on thee. [fall'n,
Chor. His giantship is gone somewhat crestStalking with less unconscionable strides, And lower looks, but in a sultry chafe.
Sams. I dread him not, nor all his giant brood, Though fame divulge him father of five sons, All of gigantic size, Goliah chief.
Cuor. He will directly to the lords, I fear, 1250 And with malicious counsel stir them up Some way or other yet further to afflict thee.
Sams. He must allege some cause, and offer'd Will not dare mention, lest a question rise (fight Whether he durst accept the offer or not, And that he durst not plain enough appear'd. Much more affliction than already felt They cannot well impose, nor I sustain; If they intend advantage of my labours, The work of many hands, which earns my keeping With no small profit daily to my owners. But come what will, my deadliest foe will prove My speediest friend, by death to rid me hence, The worst that he can give, to me the best. Yet so it may fall out, because their end Is hate, not help to me, it may with mine Draw their own ruin who attempt the deed.
Cuor. Oh, how comely it is, and how reviving To the spirits of just men long oppress'd ! When God into the hands of their deliverer