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Or lightning, thou shalt fall from Heaven, trod down thought the author of those tragedies (at least the Under his feet : for proof, ere this thou feel'st best of them) that go under that name. Gregory Thy wound, (yet not thy last and deadliest wound,) Nazianzen, a father of the church, thought i By this repulse receiv'd, and hold'st in Hell not unbeseeming the sanctity of his person to No triumph: in all her gates Abaddon rues write a tragedy, which is entitled Christ suffering. Thy bold attempt. Hereafter learn with awe This is mentioned to vindicate tragedy from the To dread the Son of God : he, all unarm’d, small esteem, or rather infamy, which in the Shall chase thee, with the terrour of his voice, account of many it undergoes at this day with From thy demoniac holds, possession foul, other common interludes ; happening, throug Thee and thy legions : yelling they shall fly, the poet's errour of intermixing comic stuff wit And beg to hide them in a herd of swine,

tragic sadness and gravity; or introducing trivia Lest he command them down into the deep, and vulgar persons, which by all judicious hatt Bound, and to torment sent before their time. been counted absurd; and brought in without Hail, Son of the Most High, heir of both worlds, discretion, corruptly to gratify the people. And Queller of Satan! on thy glorious work

though ancient tragedy use no prologue, yet using Now enter; and begin to save mankind.”

sometimes, in case of self-defence, or explanatice. Thus they the Son of God, our Saviour meek, that which Martial calls an epistle ; in behalf Sung victor, and, from heavenly feast refresh'd, of this tragedy coming forth after the ancient Brought on his way with joy ; he, unobserv'd, manner, much different from what among us Home to his mother's house private return'd. passes for best, thus much before-hand may

be epistled ; that Chorus is here introduced after the Greek manner, not ancient only but moder, and still in use among the Italians. In the modelling therefore of this poem, with good reason, the ancients and Italians are rather followed as of much more authority and fame.

The SAMSON AGONISTES,

measure of verse used in the Chorus is of all A DRAMATIC POEM.

sorts, called by the Greeks Monostrophic, or rathe Apolelymenon, without regard had to Stropbe,

Antistrophe, or Epode, which were a kind of Aristot. Poet. cap. 6.

stanzas framed only for the music, then used Τραγωδία μίμησις πράξεως σπεδαίας, κ. τ. λ.

with the Chorus that sung ; not essential to the

poem, and therefore not material ; or, being Tragedia est imitatio actionis seriæ, &c. per miseri- divided into stanzas or pauses, they may be called

cordiam et metum perficiens talium affectuum Allæostropha. Division into act and scene relustrationem.

ferring chiefly to the stage (to which this work

never was intended) is here omitted. Of that sort of Dramatic Poem which is called

It suffices if the whole drama be found net Tragedy.

produced beyond the fifth act. Of the style and

uniformity, and that commonly called the plot, TRAGEDY, as it was anciently composed, hath whether intricate or explicit, which is nothing been ever held the gravest, moralest, and most indeed but such econoiny, or disposition of the profitable of all other poems: therefore said by fable as may stand best with versimilitude and Aristotle to be of power by raising pity and fear, decorum ; they only will best judge who are not or terrour, to purge the mind of those and such unacquainted with Æschylus, Sophocles, and Eulike passions, that is, to temper and reduce ripides, the three tragic poets unequalled yet by them to just measure with a kind of delight, any, and the best rule to all who endeavour to stirred up by reading or seeing those passions write tragedy. The circumscription of time, well imitated. Noris Nature wanting in her wherein the whole drama begins and ends, is acown effects to make good his assertion : for so, in cording to ancient rule, and best example, within physic, things of melancholic hue and quality are the space of twenty-four hours. used against melancholy, sour against sour, salt to remove salt humours. Hence philosophers

The Argument. and other gravest writers, as Cicero, Plutarch, and others, frequently cite out of tragic poets, Samson, made captive, blind, and now in the both to adorn and illustrate their discourse. The prison at Gaza, there to labour as in a comApostle Paul himself thought it not unworthy mon workhouse, on a festival day, in the geto insert a verse of Euripides into the text of neral cessation from labour, comes forth into Holy Scripture, i Cor. xv. 33. ; and Paræus, the open air, to a place nigh, somewhat retired, commenting on the Revelation, divides the whole there to sit a while and bemoan his condition.! book as a tragedy, into acts distinguished cach Where he happens at length to be visited by by a chorus of heavenly harpings and song be certain friends and equals of his tribe, which tween. Heretofore men in highest dignity have makes the Chorus, who seek to comfort him laboured not a little to be thought able to com what they can ; then by his old father Manoab, pose a tragedy. Of that honour Dionysius the who endeavours the like, and withal tells him elder was no less ambitious, than before of his his purpose to procure his liberty by ransom; attaining to the tyranny. Augustus Cæsar also lastly, that this feast was proclaimed by the Phihad begun his Ajax, but unable to please his listines as a day of thanksgiving for their de own judgment with what he had begun, left it liverance from the hands of Samson, which yet unfinished. Seneca, the philosopher, is by some more troubles him. Manoah then departs to

THE PERSONS.

AMSON.

prosecute his endeavour with the Philistine lords | To grind in brazen fetters under task

(strength, for Samson's redemption ; who in the mean With this Heaven-gifted strength ? O glorious while is visited by other persons; and lastly by a Put to the labour of a beast, debas'd public officer to require his coming to the feast Lower than bond-slave! Promise was that I before the lords and people, to play or show his Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver ; strength in their presence; he at first refuses, Ask for this great deliverer now, and find him dismissing the public officer with absolute de- Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with slaves, nial to come ; at length, persuaded inwardly Himself in bonds under Philistian yoke : that this was from God, he yields to go along Yet stay, let me not rashly call in doubt with him, who came now the second time with Divine prediction ; what if all foretold great threatenings to fetch him: the Chorus Had been fulfill'd but through mine own default, yet remaining on the place, Manoah returns full Whom have I to complain of but myself? of joyful hope, to procure ere long his son's Who this high gift of strength committed to me, deliverance: in the midst of which discourse an In what part lodg’d, how easily bereft me, Hebrew comes in haste, confusedly at first, and Under the seal of silence could not keep, afterward more distinctly, relating the catastrophe, But weakly to a woman must reveal it, what Samson had done to the Philistines, and O'ercome with importunity and tears. by accident to himself; wherewith the tragedy O impotence of mind, in body strong! ends.

But what is strength without a double share
Of wisdom? vast, unwieldy, burdensome,
Proudly secure, yet liable to fall
By weakest subtleties, not made to rule,
But to subserve where wisdom bears command !

God, when he gave me strength, to show withal CANOAH, the father of Samson.

How slight the gift was, hung it in my hair. 'ALILA, his wife.

But

peace, I must not quarrel with the will Carapha of Gath.

Of highest dispensation, which herein ublic Officer.

Haply had ends above my reach to know : lessenger.

Suffices that to me strength is my bane, horus of Danites.

And proves the source of all my miseries ;
The Scene before the Prison in Gaza.

So many, and so huge, that each apart
Would ask a life to wail ; but chief of all,
O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
Blind among enemies, O worse than chains,

Dungeon, or beggary, or decrepit age !
Samson, [Attendant leading him.]

Light, the prime work of God, to me is extinct, : LITTLE onward lend thy guiding hand

And all her various objects of delight o these dark steps, a little further on ;

Annull’d, which might in part my grief have eas'd, or yonder bank hath choice of sun or shade: Inferior to the vilest now become here I am wont to sit, when any chance

Of man or worm; the vilest here excel mc; elieves me from my task of servile toil,

They creep, yet see ; I, dark in light, expos'd laily in the common prison else enjoin'd me, To daily fraud, contempt, abuse, and wrong, There I, a prisoner chain'd, scarce freely draw Within doors, or without, still as a fool, he air imprison'd also, close and damp,

In power of others, never in my own; 'nwholesome draught : but here I feel amends, Scarce half I seem to live, dead more than half. he breath of Heaven fresh blowing, pure and sweet O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, lith day-spring born ; here leave me to respire. — Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse his day a solemn feast the people hold

Without all hope of day! o Dagon their sea-idol, and forbid

O first created Beam, and thou great Word, aborious works; unwillingly this rest

Let there be light, and light was over all;" "heir superstition yields me ; hence with leave Why am I thus bereav'd thy prime decree ! letiring from the popular noise, I seek

The Sun to me is dark This unfrequented place to find some ease,

And silent as the Moon, Lase to the body some, none to the mind

When she deserts the night, from restless thoughts, that, like a deadly swarm Hid in her vacant interlunar cave. Of hornets arm’d, no sooner found alone,

Since light so necessary is to life, But rush upon me thronging, and present

And almost life itself, if it be true l'imes past, what once I was, and what am now. That light is in the soul, ), wherefore was my birth from Heaven foretold She all in every part ; why was the sight Twice by an angel, who at last in sight

To such a tender ball as the eye confin'd, Of both my parents all in flames ascended

So obvious and so easy to be quench'd ? From off the altar, where an offering burn'd, And not, as feeling, through all parts diffus’d, As in a fiery column charioting

That she might look at will through every pore ? His God-like presence, and from some great act Then had I not been thus exil'd from light, Or benefit reveal'd to Abraham's race?

As in the land of darkness, yet in light, Why was my breeding order'd and prescrib'd To live a life half dead, a living death, As of a person separate to God,

And buried ; but, O yet more miserable ! Design'd for great exploits ; if I must die Myself my sepulchre, a moving grave; Betray'd, captív'd, and both my eyes put out,

Buried, yet not exempt, Made of my enemies the scorn and gaze;

By privilege of death and burial

From worst of other evils, pains and wrongs ; Or the sphere of fortune, raises ;
But made hereby obnoxious more

But thee whose strength, while virtue was her ir: To all the miseries of life,

Might have subdued the Earth, Life in captivity

Universally crown'd with highest praises. Among inhuman foes.

Sams. I hear the sound of words; their sense But who are these ? for with joint pace I hear Dissolves unjointed ere it reach my ear. The tread of many feet steering this way;

Chor. He speaks, let us draw nigh. – Mat. Perhaps my enemies, who come to stare

less in might, At my affliction, and perhaps to insult,

The glory late of Israel, now the grief; Their daily practice to afflict me more.

We come, thy friends and neighbours not unknor.

From Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale, [Enter CHORUS]

To visit or bewail thee; or, if better, Chor. This, this is he; softly a while,

Counsel or consolation we may bring, Let us not break in upon him :

Salve to thy sores; apt words have power to stage O change beyond report, thought, or belief! The tumours of a troubled mind, See how he lies at random, carelessly diffus’d,

And are as balm to fester'd wounds.

leari With languish'd head unpropt,

Sams. Your coming, friends, revives me; for

1 As one past hope, abandon'd,

Now of my own experience, not by talk, And by himself given over ;

How counterfeit a coin they are who friends In slavish habit, ill-fitted weeds

Bear in their superscription, (of the most O'er-worn and soil'd;

I would be understood ;) in prosperous days Or do my eyes misrepresent ? Can this be he, They swarm, but in adverse withdraw their bes? That heroic, that renown'd,

Not to be found, though sought. Ye see, O frieni Irresistible Samson ? whom unarm'd (withstand; How many evils have enclos'd me round: No strength of man, or fiercest wild beast, could Yet that which was the worst now least afflicts tres, Who tore the lion, as the lion tears the kid : Blindness ; for had I sight, confus'd with shame, Ran on embattled armies clad in iron;

How could I once look up or heave the head, And, weaponless himself,

Who, like a foolish pilot, have shipwreck'd
Made arms ridiculous, useless the forgery

My vessel trusted to me from above,
Of brazen shield and spear, the hammer'd cuirass, Gloriously rigg'd; and for a word, a tear,
Chalybean temper'd steel, and frock of mail Fool ! have divulg'd the secret gift of God
Adamantéan proof?

To a deceitful woman? tell me, friends,
But safest he who stood aloof,

Am I not sung and proverb'd for a fool When insupportably his foot advanc'd,

In every street ? do they not say, how well In scorn of their proud arms and warlike tools, Are come upon him his deserts ? yet why? Spurn'd them to death by troops. The bold As Immeasurable strength they might behold calonite

In me, of wisdom nothing more than mean; Fled from his lion ramp; old warriours turn'd This with the other should, at least, have pair'd, Their plated backs under his heel ;

These two, proportion'd ill, drove me transverse. Or, groveling, soild their crested helmets in the dust. Chor. Tax not divine disposal ; wisest men Then with what trivial weapon came to hand, Have errd, and by bad women been deceiv'd; The jaw of a dead ass, his sword of bone,

And shall again, pretend they ne'er so wise. A thousand fore-skins fell, the flower of Palestine, Deject not then so overmuch thyself, In Ramath-lechi, famous to this day. (bore Who hast of sorrow thy full load besides : Then by main force pull'd up, and on his shoulders Yet truth to say, I oft have heard men wonder The gates of Azza, post, and massy bar,

Why thou shouldst wed Philistian women rather Up to the hill by Hebron, seat of giants old,

Than of thine own tribe fairer, or as fair, No journey of a sabbath-day, and loaded so ; At least of thy own nation, and as noble. Like whom the Gentiles feign to bear up Heaven. Sams. The first I saw at Timna, and she pleas!! Which shall I first bewail,

Me, not my parents, that I sought to wed Thy bondage or lost sight,

The daughter of an infidel : they knew not Prison within prison

That what I motion'd was of God; I knew
Inseparably dark ?

From intimate impúlse, and therefore urg'd
Thou art become (О worst imprisonment!) The marriage on; that by occasion hence
The dungeon of thyself ; thy soul, (plain) I might begin Israel's deliverance,
(Which men enjoying sight oft without cause com-

The work to which I was divinely call’d.
Imprison'd now indeed,

She proving false, the next I took to wife In real darkness of the body dwells,

(O that I never had ! fond wish too late,) Shut up from outward light

Was in the vale of Sorec, Dalila, To incorporate with gloomy night;

That specious monster, my accomplish'd snare. For inward light, alas !

I thought it lawful from my former act, Puts forth no visual beam.

And the same end; still watching to oppress O mirror of our fickle state,

Israel's oppressors : of what now I suffer Since man on Earth unparallel'd!

She was not the prime cause, but I myself, (ness!) The rarer thy example stands,

Who, vanquish'd with a peal of words, (o weak.
By how much from the top of wonderous glory, Gave up my fort of silence to a woman.
Strongest of mortal inen,

Chor. In seeking just occasion to provoke
To lowest pitch of abject fortune thou art fallen. The Philistine, thy country's enemy,
For him I reckon not in high estate

Thou never wast amiss, I bear thee witness :
Whom long descent of birth,

Yet Israël still serves with all his sons.

Sams. 'That fault I take not on me, but transfer Whom so it pleases him by choice
On Israel's governors and heads of tribes,

From national obstriction, without taint
Who, seeing those great acts which God had done Of sin, or legal debt ;
Singly by me against their conquerors

For with his own laws he can best dispense.
Acknowledg'd not, or not at all consider'd,

He would not else, who never wanted means, Deliverance offer'd: I on the other side

Nor, in respect of the enemy, just cause,
Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds; [doer: To set his people free,
The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the Have prompted this heroic Nazarite,
But they persisted deaf, and would not seem Against his vow of strictest purity,
To count then things worth notice, till at length To seek in marriage that fallacious bride,
Their lords, the Philistines, with gather'd powers

Unclean, unchaste.

[down; Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then

Down, reason, then; at least vain reasonings, Safe to the rock of Etham was retir'd;

Though reason here aver,
Not flying, but fore-casting in what place That moral verdict quits her of unclean :
To set upon them, what advantag'd best :

Unchaste was subsequent, her stain not his.
Meanwhile the men of Judah, to prevent

But see, here comes thy reverend sire The harass of their land, beset me round;

With careful step, locks white as down, I willingly on some conditions came

Old Manoah : advise into their hands, and they as gladly yield me Forthwith how thou ought'st to receive him. l'o the uncircumcis'd a welcome prey, (threads Sams. Ay me ! another inward grief, awak'd Bound with two .cords; but cords to me were With mention of that name, renews the assault. l'ouch'd with the flame : on their whole host I flew Inarm d, and with a trivial weapon fell'a

[Enter Manoan.) l'heir choicest youth; they only liv'd who fled. Man. Brethren and men of Dan, for such ye Jad Judah that day join'd, or one whole tribe,

seem, They had by this possess'd the towers of Gath, Though in this uncouth place; if old respect, And lorded over them whom they now serve: As I suppose, towards your once gloried friend, But what more oft, in nations grown corrupt, My son, now captive, hither hath inform'd Ind by their vices brought to servitude,

Your younger feet, while mine cast back with age han to love bondage more than liberty,

Came lagging after ; say if he be here. Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty;

Chor. As signal now in low dejected state, And to despise, or envy, or suspeet

As erst in highest, behold him where he lies. Vhom God hath of his special favour rais'd

Man. O miserable change! is this the man, is their deliverer ? if he aught begin,

That invincible Samson, far renown'd, low frequent to desert him, and at last

The dread of Israel's foes, who with a strength o heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds!

Equivalent to angels walk'd their streets, Chor. Thy words to my remembrance bring None offering fight; who single combatant _low Succoth and the fort of Penuel

Duell'd their armies rank'd in proud array, heir great deliverer contemn'd,

Himself an army, now unequal match he matchless Gideon, in pursuit

To save himself against a coward arı'd f Madian and her vanquish'd kings:

At one spear's length. O ever-failing trust and how ingrateful Ephraim

In mortal strength! and oh! what not in man lad dealt with Jephtha, who by argument,

Deceivable and vain ? Nay, what thing good lot worse than by his shield and spear

Pray'd for, but often proves our bane? Jefended Israel from the Ammonite,

I pray'd for children, and thought barrenness {ad not his prowess quell’d their pride

In wedlock a reproach ; I gain'd a son, a that sore battle, when so many died

And such a son as all men hail'd me happy; lithout reprieve, adjudg'd to death,

Who would be now a father in my stead ? or want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.

O wherefore did God grant me my request, Sams. Of such examples add me to the roll; And as a blessing with such pomp adorn'd ? le easily indeed mine may neglect,

Why are his gifts desirable, to tempt Jut God's propos'd deliverance not so.

Our earnest prayers, then, given with solemn hand Chor. Just are the ways of God,

As graces, draw a scorpion's tail behind ? ind justifiable to men;

For this did the angel twice descend? for this Inless there be, who think not God at all :

Ordain'd thy nurture holy, as of a plant f any be, they walk obscure ;

Select, and sacred, glorious for a while, 'or of such doctrine never was there school, The miracle of men; then in an hour lut the heart of the fool,

Ensnar'd, assaulted, overcome, led bound, ind no man therein doctor but himself.

Thy foe's derision, captive, poor, and blind, Yet more there be, who doubt his ways not just, Into a dungeon thrust, to work with slaves ? is to his own edícts found contradicting,

Alas! methinks whom God hath chosen once Then give the reins to wandering thought,

To worthiest deeds, if he through frailty err, legardless of his glory's diminution ;

He should not so o'erwhelm, and as a thrall iii, by their own perplexities involvid,

Subject him to so foul indignities, They ravel more, still less resolvid,

Be it but for honour's sake

of former deeds. But never find self-satisfying solution.

Sams. Appoint not heavenly disposition, father; As if they would confine the Interminable, Nothing of all these evils hath befall'n me Ind tie him to his own prescript

But justly; I myself have brought them on, Vho made our laws to bind us, not himself, Sole author I, sole cause : if aught seem vile, ind hath full risht tn eteinnt

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The mystery of God given me under pledge Sams. Father, I do acknowledge and confes Of vow, and have betray'd it to a woman,

That I this honour, I this pomp, have brought A Canaanite, my faithless enemy.

To Dagon, and advanc'd his praises high This well I knew, nor was at all surpris'd, Among the heathen round : to God have brougla But warn'd by oft experience: did not she Dishonour, obloquy, and op'd the mouths Of Timna first betray me, and reveal

Of idolists, and atheists; have brought scandal The secret wrested from me in her height

To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt Of nuptial love profess'd, carrying it straight In feeble hearts, propense enough before To them who had corrupted her, my spies, To waver, or fall off and join with idols; And rivals? In this other was there found

Which is my chief affliction, shame and sorrow, More faith, who also in her prime of love,

The anguish of my soul, that suffers not Spousal embraces, vitiated with gold,

Mine eye to harbour sleep, or thoughts to rest. Though offer'd only, by the scent conceiv'd This only hope relieves me, that the strife Her spurious first-born, treason against me?

With me hath end: all the contest is now Thrice she assay'd with flattering prayers and sighs, Twixt God and Dagon ; Dagon bath presum'd, And amorous reproaches, to win from me

Me overthrown, to enter lists with God, My capital secret, in what part my strength His deity comparing and preferring Lay stor'd, in what part summ'd, that she might know; Before the God of Abraham. He, be sure, Thrice I deluded her, and turn’d to sport Will not connive, or linger, thus provok'd, Her importunity, each time perceiving

But will arise, and his great name assert: How openly, and with what impudence

Dagon must stoop, and shall ere long receive She purpos'd to betray me, and (which was worse Such a discomfit, as shall quite despoil lim Than undissembled hate) with what contempt

Of all these boasted trophies won on me, She sought to make me traitor to myself ;

And with confusion blank his worshippers.
Yet the fourth time, when, mustering all her wiles, Man. With cause this hope relieves thee, ani
With blandish'd parlies, feminine assaults,

these words
Tongue-batteries, she surceas'd not, day nor night, I as a prophecy receive; for God,
To storm me over-watch'd, and wearied out. Nothing more certain, will not long defer
At times when men seek most repose and rest,

To vindicate the glory of his name
I yielded, and unlock'd her all my heart,

Against all competition, nor will long Who, with a grain of manhood well resolv'd,

Endure it doubtful whether God be Lord, Might easily have shook off all her snares : Or Dagon. But for thee what shall be done? But foul effeminacy held me yok'd

Thou must not, in the meanwhile here forgot. Her bond-slave; O indignity, O blot

Lie in this miserable loathsome plight, To honour and religion ! servile mind

Neglected. I already have made way Rewarded well with servile punishment !

To some Philistian lords, with whom to treat The base degree to which I now am fall’n,

About thy ransom: well they may by this These rags, this grinding is not yet so base

Have satisfied their utmost of revenge As was my former servitude, ignoble,

By pains and slaveries, worse than death, inflicted Unmanly, ignominious, infamous,

On thee, who now no more canst do them harın. True slavery, and that blindness worse than this Sams. Spare that proposal, father; spare te That saw not how degenerately I serv'd.

trouble Man. I cannot praise thy marriage-choices, son.

Of that solicitation; let me here, Rather approv'd them not; but thou didst plead As I deserve, pay on my punishinent; Divine impulsion prompting how thou might'st And expiate, if possible, my crime, Find some occasion to infest our foes.

Shameful garrulity. To have reveal'd I state not that ; this I am sure, our foes

Secrets of men, the secrets of a friend, Found soon occasion thereby to make thee

How heinous had the fact been, how deserving Their captive, and their triumph; thou the sooner Contempt and scorn of all, to be excluded Temptation found'st, or over-potent charms, All friendship, and avoided as a blab, To violate the sacred trust of silence

The mark of fool set on his front? But I Deposited within thee; which to have kept God's counsel have not kept, his holy secret Tacit was in thy power : true; and thou bear'st Presumptuously have published, impiously, Enough, and more the burthen of that fault; Weakly at least, and shamefully ; a sin Bitterly hast thou paid, and still art paying, That Gentiles in their parables condemn That rigid score. A worse thing yet remains ; To their abyss and horrid pains confin'd. This day the Philistines a popular feast

Man. Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite : Here celebrate in Gaza ; and proclaim

But act not in thy own affliction, son :
and sacrifices and praises loud, Repent the sin ; but, if the punishment
To Dagon, as their god who hath deliver'd Thou canst avoid, self-preservation bids;
Thee, Samson, bound and blind into their hands, Or the execution leave to high disposal,
Them out of thine, who slew'st them many a slain. And let another hand, not thine, exact
So Dagon shall be magnified, and God,

Thy penal forfeit from thyself: perhaps
Besides whom is no God, compar'd with idols, God will relent, and quit thee all his debt ;
Disglorified, blasphem'd, and had in scorn

Who ever more approves, and more accepts, By the idolatrous rout amidst their wine;

(Best pleas'd with humble and filial submission) Which to have come to pass by means of thee, Him, who, imploring mercy, sues for life, Samson, of all thy sufferings think the heaviest, Than who, self-rigorous, chooses death as due; Of all reproach the most with shame that ever Which argues over-just, and self-displeased Could have befall'n thee and thy father's house

Great pomp,

For self-offence. more than for Godofranded

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