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To such as owe them absolute subjection; 1805
Off. I praise thy resolution: doff these links;
Sams. Brethren, farewell; your company along I will not wish, lest it perhaps offend them To see me girt with friends ; and how the sight Of me as of a common enemy, So dreaded once, may now exasperate them I know not. Lords are lordliest in their wine; And the well feasted priest then soonest fir'd With zeal, if aught religion seem concern'd; 1420 No less the people on their holy-days Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable : Happen what may, of me expect to hear Nothing dishonourable, impure, unworthy Our God, our law, my nation, or myself, The last of me or no I cannot warrant.
Chor. Go, and the Holy One
Of thy conception, and be now a shield
partake With thee; say, reverend Sire, we thirst to hear.
Man. I have attempted one by one the lords Either at home or through the high street passing, With supplication prone and father's tears, To accept of ransom for my son their pris'ner.
1434 shield] See T. Warton's Note on Comus, ver. 658.
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Some much averse I found and wondrous harsh,
Chor. Doubtless the people shouting to behold Their once great dread, captive and blind before
them, Or at some proof of strength before them shown. Man. His ransom,
Chor. Fathers are wont to lay up for their sons, Thou for thy son art bent to lay out all : Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age, Thou in old age car'st how to nurse thy son, Made older than thy age through eyesight lost.
Man. It shall be my delight to tend his eyes, And view him sitting in the house, ennobled, With all those high exploits by him achiev'd, And on his shoulders waving down those locks, That of a pation arm’d the strength contain'd: And I persuade me God hath not permitted 1195 His strength again to grow up with his hair, Garrison'd round about him like a camp Of faithful soldiery, were not his purpose To use him further yet in some great service, Not to sit idle with so great a gift Useless, and thence ridiculous, about him. And since his strength with eyesight was not lost, God will restore him eyesight to his strength.
Chor. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor seem Of his delivery, and thy joy thereon (vain Conceiv'd, agreeable to a father's love, In both which we, as next, participate. Man. I know your friendly minds, and --O
what noise ! Mercy of heav'n, what hideous noise was that? Horribly loud, unlike the former shout. Chor. Noise call
it or universal groan, As if the whole inhabitation perish'd !
1 19* contain'd) Ovid. Met. viii. 8.
Todd. 10.8 O what noise] Christ. Patiens, p. 16. ed. Rom.
Α πολυστόνων άϊον ιαχαν γόων,
Blood, death, and deathful deeds are in that noise, Ruin, destruction at the utmost point. [noise :
Man. Of ruin indeed methought I heard the Oh it continues, they have slain my son. Chor. Thy son is rather slaying them, that
outcry From slaughter of one foe could not ascend.
Man. Some dismal accident it needs must be; What shall we do, stay here, or run and see ? 1540
Chor. Best keep together here, lest running We unawares run into danger's mouth. [thither This evil on the Philistines is fall’n; From whom could else a general cry be heard ? The sufferers then will scarce molest us here, 1595 From other hands we need not much to fear. What if his eyesight, for to Israel's God Nothing is hard, by miracle restorid, He now be dealing dole among his foes, And over heaps of slaughter'd walk his way? 1530 Man. That were a joy presumptuous to be thought.
[credible Chor. Yet God hath wrought things as inFor his people of old; what hinders now ? . Man. He can, I know, but doubt to think he
will; Yet hope would fain subscribe, and tempts belief. A little stay will bring some notice hither.
Chor. Of good or bad so great, of bad the sooner ; For evil news rides post, while good news baits. And to our wish I see one hither speeding,