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With studied argument, and much persuasion
God of our fathers, what is man!
669 contrarious] Chaucer, Leg. of Dido, 435.
Sens that the goddess ben contrarious to me.'
676 summer fly] Hen. VI. P. iii. act ii. sc. vi.
Amidst their height of noon,
regard Of highest favours past From thee on them, or them to thee of service.
Nor only dost degrade them, or remit To life obscurd, which were a fair dismission, But throw'st them lower than thou didst exalt them
high, Unseemly falls in human eye, Too grievous for the trespass or omission ; Oft leav'st them to the hostile sword Of heathen and profane, their carcasses To dogs and fowls a prey, or else captív'd; Or to the unjust tribunals, under change of times, And condemnation of the ingrateful multitude. If these they scape, perhaps in poverty With sickness and disease thou bow'st them down, Painful diseases and deform’d, In crude old age : Though not disordinate, yet causeless suff'ring The punishment of dissolute days : in fine, Just or unjust, alike seem miserable, For oft alike both come to evil end.
So deal not with this once thy glorious champion, The image of thy strength, and mighty minister. What do I beg? how hast thou dealt already?
694 dogs] Hom. Il. i. 4. Newton.
700 crude] Premature, coming before its time, as Cruda funerą' in Statius. Jortin. VOL. III.
Behold him in this state calamitous, and turn
But who is this? what thing of sea or land ? 710
710 who is this]
Plauti Epid. act. iii. sc. 3. 714 a stately ship] This passage may be well illustrated by a quotation from a Sermon called Wilkinson's Merchant Royall,' preached at the nuptials of the Lord Hay, in 1607 4to. The text is from Proverbs, xxxi. 14. She is like a Merchants shippe, she bringeth her foode from afarre! “But of all qualities, a woman must not have one quality of a ship, and that is, too much rigging. Oh! what a wonder it is to see a ship under saile, with her tacklings and her masts, and her tops, and her top-gallants, with her upper deckes, and her nether deckes, and so bedeckt with her streamers, flags, and ensignes, and I know not what; yea, but a world of wonders it is to see a woman created in God's image, so miscreate oft times and deformed with her French, her Spanish, and her foolish fashions, that he that made her, when hee lookes upon her, shall hardlie know her, with her plumes, her fannes, and a silken vizard, with a ruffe like a saile, yea, a ruffe like a rainebow, with a feather in her cap, like a flag in her top, to tell, I think, which way the winde will blowe."
Courted by all the winds that hold them play,
DAL. With doubtful feet and wavering resolution I came, still dreading thy displeasure, Samson, Which to have merited, without excuse, I cannot but acknowledge; yet if tears May expiate, though the fact more evil drew In the perverse event than I foresaw, My penance hath not slacken'd, though my pardon No way assur’d: but conjugal affection, Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, Hath led me on, desirous to behold Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, If aught in my ability may serve
720 amber] Sylvester's Du Bartas (1621), p. 311.
Todd. 728 Like] Virg. Æn. ix. 436. Hom. Il. viii. 306.
To lighten what thou suffer'st, and appease
SAMs. Out, out, hyæna ! these are thy wonted
DAL. Yet hear me, Samson; not that I endeaTo lesson or extenuate my offence, [vour But that, on th’ other side if it be weigh'd By itself, with aggravations not surcharg'd, Or else with just allowance counterpois'd, I may, if possible, thy pardon find The easier towards me, or thy hatred less. First granting, as I do, it was a weakness