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In Silo his bright sanctuary :
Among them he a spirit of frenzy sent, 1675
Who hurt their minds,
And urged them on with mad desire
To call in haste for their destroyer;
They, only set on sport and play,
Unweetingly importun'd
Their own destruction to come speedy upon them.
So fond are mortal men
Fall'n into wrath divine,
As their own ruin on themselves to invite,
Insensate left, or to sense reprobate,
And with blindness internal struck.
2. SEMICHOR. But he, though blind of sight,
Despis’d and thought extinguish'd quite,
With inward eyes illuminated,
His fiery virtue rous'd

From under ashes into sudden flame,
And as an ev'ning dragon came,
Assailant on the perched roosts
And nests in order rang'd
Of tame villatic fowl; but as an eagle 1695
His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.
So virtue given for lost,
Depress'd, and overthrown, as seem'd,
Like that self-begotten bird

inward] H. More, Song of the Soul 1642. c. iii. st. 9. • Our inward eyes that they be nothing bright.' 165 villatic] Plin. lib. xxiii. sect. 17. Villaticas alites.'






In the Arabian woods imbost,
That no second knows nor third,
And lay ere while a holocaust,
From out her ashy womb now teem'd,
Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most
When most unactive deem’d,
And though her body die, her fame survives
A secular bird ages of lives.

Man. Come, come, no time for lamentation now,
Nor much more cause : Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson, and heroically hath finish'd
A life heroic, on his enemies
Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning,
And lamentation to the sons of Caphtor
Through all Philistian bounds. To Israel
Honour hath left and freedom, let but them 1715
Find courage to lay hold on this occasion,
To himself and father's house eternal fame;
And, which is best and happiest yet, all this
With God not parted from him, as was fear'd,
But favouring and assisting to the end.
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt,
Dispraise, or blame, nothing but well and fair,
And what may quiet us in a death so noble.
Let us go find the body where it lies



1700 imbost] Sandy's Psalms, p. 65. • Lord ! as the hart innbost with heat.' Quarles's Emblems, p. 290, 'imbost doth flyMarino's Slaugh. of the Innocents, p. 61. Whiting's Albino and Bellama, p. 107.



Soak’d in his enemies' blood, and from the stream
With lavers pure and cleansing herbs wash off
The clotted gore. I with what speed the while,
Gaza is not in plight to say us nay,
Will send for all my kindred, all my friends,
To fetch him hence, and solemnly attend
With silent obsequy and funeral train
Home to his father's house: there will I build him
A monument, and plant it round with shade
Of laurel ever green, and branching palm,
With all his trophies hung, and acts inrollid
In copious legend, or sweet lyric song.
Thither shall all the valiant youth resort,
And from his memory inflame their breasts
To matchless valour and adventures high:
The virgins also shall on feastful days
Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice,
From whence captivity and loss of eyes.

Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt,
What th' unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings abou.,
And ever best found in the close.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns,


17 15


1733 Home] See Par. Reg. iv. 638.

Home to his mother's house private return'd.' 1710 high] Hawes's Past. of Pleasure, 1554. ch. xxxii.

Right high aduentures unto you shall fall.' Todd,

And to his faithful champion hath in place
Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns
And all that band them to resist
His uncontrollable intent:
His servants he, with new acquist
Of true experience from this great event,

and consolation hath dismiss'd, And calm of mind, all passion spent.



1756 acquist] Heath's Chron. of Civil Wars, fol. p. 402, his unjust acquists.' Todd.

Note] It was the custom of the scholars who lived in the age just previous to that of Milton, and who possessed a coinmand of poetical language, to form dramas in Latin verse from scripture Histories. Besides the two volumes of the · Dramata Sacra;' there is the · Abramus' of Th. Beza, the Parabata Vinctus' of Thuanus, the Christus Patiens,' the Sophom-paneas,' and the · Adamus Exsul,' of Grotius, the • Jephthas,' and · Baptistes' of Buchanan, the · Herodes Infanticida' of Dan. Heinsius. These I have read, probably there are others with which I am not acquainted ; there are also many Italian Dramas formed on the sacred history, and our old mysteries. The Greek translation of this play by G. H. Glasse, has been pronounced to be a work constructed with such precision, and expressed with such elegance, as never appeared in Europe since the revival of learning.' Paru's Letters, i. p. 637.

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