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No journey of a sabbath-day, and loaded so;
Like whom the Gentiles feign to bear up Heaven.
Which shall I first bewail,

Thy bondage or lost fight,
Prison within prison 3 :
Inseparably dark?
Thou art become (О worst imprisonment !). 1551
The dungeon of thyself; thy s to "Tpiainly
(Which men enjoying sight oft without cause comA
Imprison'd now indeed,

dos! I nI In real darkness of the body dwells,

ner I Shut up from outward light

160 T'incorporate with gloomy night;

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Johnson's Chorus's, and our au- all: and posts is certainly better on
thor's. Old Ben's are of a poor this account, but perhaps Milton,
umilar regular contexture; our au- might prefer poft as somewhat of a's
truly Grecian, and noble, fofter sound.

Oyaslaca diversified with all the measures 148. Hebron, feat of giants our language and poetry are ca- old] For Hebron was the city

to of Arbia, the father of manakeitto read in the manner Milton designd the seat of the Anakims. Joh. XV. them, Sympson.

13, 14. And the Anakims were 147. poft, and maly bar,] giants, which come of the giants. Mr. Meadowcourt proposes to read Numb. XIII. 33. 8: pofts, as being more conformable 157. oft without cause comert to Scripture, Judg. XVI. 3. And plain] So Milton himself cofa Samson lay till midnight, and arose at rected it, but all the editions conmidnight, and took the doors of the tinue the old erratum complain'de y gate of the city, and the two posts,

o lidi 162. For

For inward light alas

iu Puts forth no visual beam. O mirror of our fickle state, Since man on earth unparallel'd!

165 The rarer thy example stands, By how much from the

much from the top of wondrous glory, i Strongest of mortal men,

T To lowest pitch of abject fortune chou art fall'o, y For him I reckon not in high estate

179 Whom long descent of birth Or the sphere of fortune raises,


to bitco But thee whose strength, while virtue was her mates Might have subdued the earth,

was to

Universally 162. For inward light alas 172. Or the Sphere of sfortune

Puts forth no visual beam.]. The raises ;] Fortune is painted on expreffion is fine, and means the a globe, which by her influence ray of light, which occasions vision. is in a perpetual rotation on, its Mr. Pope borrow'd the expression axis. Warburton. in one of his juvenile poems, 178. He speaks) We have fol He from thick films fhall purge of the others have it He fpake. --T

lowa Milton's own edition, molt the visual ray, And on the fightless eye-ball pour

181. From Ejhtaol and Zora's the day

fruitful vale] These were two

towns of the tribe of Dan. Joh. Either he miftook his original, and XIX. 41. the latter the birth-place supposed Milton meant by visual of Samson. Judg. XIII. 2. and ray the fight, or at least thought they were near one another. And himself at liberty to use it in that the Spirit of the Lord began to mocno highly figurative sense. See what him at times in the camp of Dan be is faid on the paffage in the laft çdi- tween Zoral and Eshtaol, Judg. tion of Mr. Pope's works.

And they were both Warburton, fituated in the valley, Joh. XV.. 33


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Universally crown'd with highest praises.

175 SAMSON. I hear the found of words, their sense the air

2 Diffolyes unjointed ere it reach my ear.

9T CHORUS. | He fpeaks, let us draw nigh. Matchless in might, The glory late of Ifrael, now the grief;

T We come thy friends and neighbours not unknown

mint From Ethtaol and Zora's fruitful vale

i To visit or bewail thee, or if better, Counsel or confolation we may bring,

200 1. Salve to thy fores; apt words have pow'r to swage The tumors of a troubled mind,

185 WO.

And * and thefore the poet with great 184. apt words have poru's exactness fays Ejotaol and Zora's to fwage &c] Alluding to these fruitfulvale.

lines in Æschylus. Prom. Vinct. 1182. To vifit or bewail tbee,] The 377.

Ουκεν Προμηθώ τιτoγινωσκις, To visit and bewail thee :


Οργής νοσεσης «σιν ιατροι λο: The purpose of their visit was to

yor. bewail bim; or if better, that is if they found it more proper) to ad- Or to this passage in Menander. vile or comfort him.

Veniebat au. Λογω γαρ εςι λυπης φαρμα tem ad Eumenem utrumque genus xou poloy

Thyer. hominum, et qui propter odium fru£tum oculis ex ejus cafu capere vel. Or perhaps to Horace, Epift. I. 1. lent, [See above ver. 112. to ftare 34. at my afli&tion) et qui propter vete- Sunt verba et voces, quibus hunc rem amicitiam colloqui confolarique lenire dolorem cupérent. Corn. Nepos in vita Eu. Possis, et magnam morbi depa. menis. Calton.

nere partem.

poet dictated


195. ret

And are as balm to fester'd wounds.

SAMSON. Your coming, Friends, revives me, for I learni Now of my own experience, not by talk, How counterfeit a coin they are who friends Bear in their superscription, (of the most 190 I would be understood) in prosp'rous days They swarm, but in'adverse withdraw their head, Not to be found, though sought. Ye see, O Friends, How many evils have inclos'd me round;

194 Yet that which was the worst now least afflicts me, Blindness, for had I sight, confus’d with shame, How could I once look up, or heave the head, Who like a foolish pilot have shipwrack'd

My 195. Yet that which was the worst the part of the Chorus is written

now least affliets me,] There is in the very spirit of the Ancients, no inconsistence in this with what and is formed exactly according to he had said before ver. 66. the precepts of Horace. De Arte

but chief of all, O loss of fight, of thee I most complain.

Actoris partes Chorus, officium, When he was by himself, he con- Defendat; neu quid medios infider'd his blindness as the worst of tercinat actus, evils; but now, upon his friends Quod non proposito conducat et coming in and seeing him in this wretched condition, it least affiliats Ille bonis faveatque, et concilieme, says he, as being some cover tur amicis; to his shame and confusion.

Et regat iratos, et amet pacare 2210. Tax not divine disposal; &c] As this whole play, fo particularly

Poet. 193.

que virile

hæreat apte.


tumentes :


My vessel trusted to me from above,
Gloriously rigg’d; and for a word, a tear, 200
Fool, have divulg'd the secret gift of God
To a deceitful woman? tell me, Friends,
Am I not sung and proverb'd for a fool
In every street? do they not say, how well
Are come upon him his deserts? yet why? 205
Immeasurable strength they might behold
In me, of wisdom nothing more than mean;
This with the other should, at least, have pair’d,
These two proportion’d ill drove me transverse.

Tax not-divine disposal; wisest men

210 Have err’d, and by bad women been deceiv'd;

And Ille dapes laudet menfæ brevis; The laws and justice of well-goille falubrem

vern'd states, Juftitiam, legesque, 'et apertis And peace triumphant with her $cotia portis :

open gates. Ille tegat commiffa, Deosque Intrusted secrets let them ne'er precetur et oret,

betray, -Ut redeat' miseris, abeat fortuna But to the righteous Gods with superbis.

That fortune with returning The Chorus must support an ac- smiles may bless

Afficted worth, and impious Defend the virtuous, and advise pride depress. with art;

Yet let their songs with apt co** Govern the choleric, the proud herence join, $ appease,

Promote the plot and, aid the And the short feasts of frugal main design. Francis.

tables praise ; VOL. I.

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ardor pray,

tor's part;

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