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An Hebrew, as I guess, and of our tribe.
Mess. O whither shall I run, or which way fly The sight of this so horrid spectacle, Which erst my eyes beheld, and yet behold? For dire imagination still pursues me. But providence or instinct of nature seems, Or reason though disturb'd, and scarce consulted, To have guided me aright, I know not how, To thee first, reverend Manoah, and to these My countrymen, whom here I knew remaining, As at some distance from the place of horror, 1550 So in the sad event too much concern'd. (thee
Man. The accident was loud, and here before With rueful cry, yet what it was we hear not ; No preface needs, thou seest we long to know.
Mess. It wouldaburst forth, but I recover breath And sense distract, to know well what I utter
Man. Tell us the sum, the circumstance defer.
Mess. Gaza yet stands, but all her sons are All in a moment overwhelm'd and fall’n. [fall’n,
Man. Sad; but thou know'st to Israelites not The desolation of a hostile city. [saddest
Mess. Feed on that first, there may in grief be
(surfeit. Mess. By Samson.
1354 needs] 'Needs' is a neuter verb. Seo P. L. X. 80, and note. Newton, 156% Feed] Two Gent. of Verona, act iii. sc. l.
• I have fed upon this woe already,
And now excess of it will make me surferi. Todd. VOL. III.
Man. That still lessens
Mess. Ah! Manoa, I refrain too suddenly
[dead. Mess. Take then the worst in brief, Samson is Man. The worst indeed. O! all my hopes
[plain. Man. Self-violence ? what cause Brought him so soon at variance with himself 1581 death's wound] Æn, xii, 322.
Pressa est insignis gloria facti,
Among his foes?
Mess. Inevitable cause
Man. O lastly over-strong against thyself ! 1590
Mess. Occasions drew me early to this city, And as the gates I enter'd with sun-rise, The morning trumpets festival proclaim'd Through each high-street. Little I had dispatch'd When all abroad was rumour'd, that this day 1600 Samson should be brought forth to show the people Proof of his mighty strength in feats and games; I sorrow'd at his captive state, but minded Not to be absent at that spectacle. The building was a spacious theatre, 1605 Half-round, on two main pillars vaulted high, With seats, where all the lords and each degree Of sort might sit in order to behold; The other side was open, where the throng On banks and scaffolds under sky might stand; I among these aloof obscurely stood. 1611 The feast and noon grew high, and sacrifice Had fillid their hearts with mirth, high cheer, and
When to their sports they turn'd. Immediately
support. He unsuspicious led him; which when Samson Felt in his arms, with head awhile inclin'd, And eyes
fast fixt he stood, as one who pray'd, Or some great matter in his mind revolv'd : At last with head erect thus cried aloud, Hitherto, lords, what your commands impos'd I have perform'd, as reason was, obeying, Not without wonder or delight beheld: Now of my own accord such other trial
I mean to show you of my strength, yet greater ;
Chor. O dearly bought revenge, yet glorious !