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That saw not how degenerately I servid.

About thy ransome : well they may by this Man. I cannot praise thy marriage choices, Son, Have fatisfied their utnost of revenge Rather approv'd them not; but thou didit plead By pains and flaveries, worse than death infiided Divine impulsion prompting how thou might'st On ihce, who now no more canst do them barn. Find fome occasion to infest our foes.

Sams. Spare that proposal, Father, spare the I ttate not that; this I am sure, our foes

Found foon occafion thereby to make thee 425 Of that solicitation; let me here,
Their captive, and their triumph; thou the sooner As I deserve, pay on my punishment;
Temptation found'ft, or over-potent charms And expiate, if posible, my crime,
To violate the facred trust of Glence

Shameful garrulity. To have reveald
Deposited within thee; which to have kept Secrets of men, the secrets of a friend,
Tacit, was in thy power: true; and thou bear's How heinous had the fact been, how delerving
Enough, and more, the burden of that fault; 431 Contempt, and scorn of all, to be exeluded
Bitterly halt thou paid, and fill art paying, All friendihip, and avoided as a blab, 495
That rigid score. A worfe thing yet remains, The mark of fool set on his front!
This day the Philifines a popular feast

But I God's counsel have not kepi, his boly secre: Here celebrate in Gaza; and proclame 435 Presumptuously have publish'd, impiuudly, Great pomp, and facrifice, and praises loud Weakly at least, and Manuefully: a fin To Dagon, as their God who hath deliver'a That Gentiles in their parables conderin Thce, Samson, bound and blind into their hands, To their abyss and borrid pains coatin'd. Them out of thine, who lew'st them many a slain. Max. Bc penitent and for thy faul: contrite, So Dagon shall be magnity'd ; and God, 440 But act not in thy own affli&ion, Son: Besides whom is no God, compar'd with idols, Repent the firs; but if the punishmen: Disglority'd, blaspheni'd, and had in fearn Thuu canít avoid, felf-preservation bids; 5C By the idolatrous rout ansidst their wine;

Or th' execution leave to high disposal, Which to have come to pass by means of thee, And let another hand, not thine, exack Samfon, of all thy lutfcrings think the heaviest, Thy penal forfeit from thyself; perhaps Of all reproach the most with name that ever God will rcient, and quit thee all his debt; Could have befall'n thee and thy father's house. Who ever more approves and more accepts $10

Sams. Father, I do acknowledge and confess (Beit pleas'd with humble’and filiai tubnion) That I this honor, I this pomp have brought Him who imploring mercy fues for life, To Dagon, and advanc'd his praises high

Than who seli-rigorous chooses death as due; Among the Heathen round; to God have brought Which argues over-just, and self-dilpleas'd Dithecor, obloquy, and op'd the months

For felf-oflenfe, more than for God offended. $15 Oi idolifts, and aci cils; have brought scandal Reject not then what offer'd means; who knows To israei, diffidence of God, and doubt

But God hath set before us, to return the In feeble hearts, propenfe enough before 455 Home to thy country and his facred hcute, To waver, or fall off and join rith idols;

Where they mayst bring thy offerings, to avert Which is my chief affliction, shame, and forrow, His further irc, with prayers and vows rebewid? The anguish of my soul, that suffers not

Sams. His pardon i implore; but as for life, Mine eye to harbour skep, or thoughts to rist. To what end should I seek it? When in strength 'This only hope relieves me, that the strife 460 All mortals 1 excell'd, and great in hopes With mic hath end; all the contést is now

With youthful courage and magnanimous thoughoz Twixt God and Dagen; Dagen hath presum'd, Of birth from Heav'n foretolu and high exploit, Ne overthrown. to entr lifts with God,

Full of divine instinct, after some pronf

526 His deity amparing and preferring

Of acis indeed heroic, far beyond
Before the God of Abrahan. He, be sure, 465 The fons of Anak, famous now and blaz'd,
Will not connive, or linger, thus provok’d, . Fearless of danger, like a petty Gori
Eut will arise and his great namc allert :

I walk'd about admir’d of all and dreaded 330
Dagon must stoop, and shall ere lung receive On hostile ground, none daring my aliront
Such a disconfi*, as shall quite depuil him Then swcli'n with pride into the inare I fel!
of all these boafed trophies woo on nie,


OfLirfuilacious looks, venereal trains, sind with confusion bank his worshipers.

Soften'd with pleasure and voluptuous life; Man. With cause this hope relieves thee, and At length to lay my head and hallow'd pkdge 535 these words

Of wil my strength in the lafcirious lap 1 as a prophecy receive; for God,

Of a deceitful concubinc, who thore nie Nothing more car:ain, will no: long durer Like a tanie wether, all my precious ficcce, To vindicate the glory of his name


Then turn'd ne out ridiculous, dspoil'd, Against all competition, nor will long

Shav'n, and disarm'd among mine chenies. Indure it doubtíul whether God be Lord,

Cuo. Defire of wine and all delicious drinks, Or Dagoa. But for thee what thall be done? Which many a famous warrior overturns,

Thru must not in the mean while here forgot Thou couldst repress, Dor did the dancing ruby Lie in this miserabie !oa:hfome plight 480 Sparkling, cut-pour'd, the flavor, or the smell, Niglected I already have made way

Or taste that chears the heart of Gods and men, To Come Philistisu lore's, with whoni to treat Allure thee from the cool cryftallin susani. 546


Saars. Whatever fountain or fresh current flow'd With maladies innumerable Agroft the eastern ray, translucent, pure

In heart, head, breast and seios; With touch ethereal of Heav'n's ficry rod, But muit secret paffuge find

610 I drunk, froni the clear milky juice ullaying 550

To th'inniof mind,
Thift, and refrch'd; nor envy'd them the grape There exercise all his fierce accidents,
Wofe heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. And on her purcft fpirits prey,

Cro. O madueis, to think use of strongest wines As on entrails, joints, and limbs,
Aid ftrongest drinks our chief, support of health, with answerable pains, but more intense, 615
When God with these forbidd’n made choice iv rear Though void of corporal fonse.
His mighty champion, strong above compare, 556 My griefs not only pain me
Whose drink was only from the liquid brook! As a lingring disease,
Sams. But what avail this temp'iance, not Put finding no redress, ferment and rage,
Nor less than wounds immcdicable

620 Against another obje& more enticing ?

Rankle, and feiler, ard gangrenc,
What boots it at one gate to make delenfe, 560 To black mortification.
And at another to let in the foc,

Thoughts my tormentors arm'd with deadly stings
Efeninately vănquith'd ? by which means, Mangle niy apprehensive tenderelt parts,
Now blind, dishearten'u, sham'd, dishonor’d, quell'd, Exasperate, exulcerate, and raise
To what can I be useful, wherein serve

Dirc inflammation, which no cooling herb
My nation, and the work from Heav'n impos'd, Or medicinal liquor can alfwaye,
But to fit idle on the houshold hcarth, 566 Nor breath of vernal air from inowy Alp.
A burd'nous drone; to visitants a gaze,

Sleep hath forsook and giv'n ne o'er
Or pity'd object, these redundant locks

To death's benumming opium as my only cure : Rohustious to no purpose clustering down, Thence faintings, fivoonings of despair, 631 Vain monument of Itrength; till length of years And fonfe of Heav'n's dcfertion. And sedentary numness craze my limbs 571

I was his nurlling once and choice delight, To a contemptible old-age obfcure ?

His derlin'd from the womb, Here rather let me drudge and carn my bread, Promis’d by heav'nly meffage twice descending. Till vernin or the draff of servilc food

Under his special eye

636 Consume me, and oft-invoked death

575 Abítemious I grew up and thriv'd amain; Hafter the welconie end of all my pains.

He led me on to nightieft deeds
Max. Wilt thou then serve the Philistines with Above the nerve of inortal arm
that gift
Against th' uncircumcis'd, our enemies :

640 Which was exprefly given thee to annoy them? But now hath cast me off as never known, Better at home lie bed-rid, not only idle,

And to those crucl enemies,
laglorious, unemploy'l, with age out-worn. 580 Whom I by his appointment had provok'd,
But God, who caus'd a fountain at thy prayer Left me all helpless with th' irreparable lofs
From the dry ground to spring, thy thirt iallay of foli, reserv'd alive to be repeated
Alter the brunt of buttel, can as caly

The Pubject of their cruelty or scorn.
Caufe light again within thy eyes to spring, Nor ami in the list of then that hope;
Wherewith to serve hiru better than thou haft; Hopeless are all my evils, all reinediless;
And I persuade me so; why else this strength 586 This one prayer yet remains, might I be heard,
Miraculous yet remaining in those locks? No long petition, Ipeedy death,

650 Iis might continues in thee not for nouglit, The close of all my miseries, and the balm. Nor shall his wondrous gists be frustrate thus, Cho. Many are the sayings of the wise Sams. All otherwise to me my thoughts por

In ancient and in modern books inrollid, tend,

590 Extolling patience as the truest fortitude : That these dark orbs no more shall trcat with light, And to the bearing well of all calamities, North other light of life continue long,

All chances incident to man's frail life, But yield to double darkness nigh at hand :

Confolatories writ So much I feel my geniai spirits droop,

Withsludy'dargument, and much persuasion sough My hopes all fiat, nature within me lvens, 595 Lenient of grief and anxious thought : In all her functions weary of herself,

But with th' afficted in his pangs their sound 660 My race of glory run, and race of shame, Little prevails, or rather seems a tune And I shall Îhortly be with then that reft. Harth, and of diffonant mood from his complaint; Man. Believe not these suggestions, which Unless he fuel within proceed

Some source of confolation from above, From anguish of the mind and humors black, 6co Secret refreshings, that repair his Itrength, That mingle with thy fancy. I however

And fainting spirits uphold. Muit not omit a father's timely care

God of our fathers, what is man! To prosecute the means of thy deliverance That thou tow’ards him with hand to various, By ransome, or how elle: mean while be calm, Or might I say contrarious, And healing words from these thy friends admit. Temper'st thy providence through his short course, Sams. O that torment should not be confin'd Not ev'nly, as thou rul'lt

671 To the body's wounds and fores,

Th' angelic orders and inferior creatures mute, VOL. II.

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I to the Lords will intercede, not doubting 920 | But in ny country where I most desire,
Their favorable car, that I may fetch thee

In Ecron, Gaza, Aldod, and in Gath,
From forth this loathsome prison-house, to abide I shall be nam'd among the famouseit
With me, where my redoubled love and care Of women, sung at solemn festivals,
With nursing diligence, to me glad office,

Living and dead recorded, who, to save May ever tcnd about thee to old age 925 Her cruntry from a fierce destroyer, chose 985 With all things grateful chear'd, and so supply'd. Above the faith of wedlock-bands, my tomb That what by me thou' hast lost thou leait shalt With odors visited and annual flowers; mifs,

Not loss renown'd than in mount Ephraim SAMS. No, no, of my condition take no care; Jael, who with inhospitable guile It fits not; thou and I long lince are twain : Smore Sfera sleeping through the temples sail'd. Nor think me so unwary or accurs’d, 930 Nor hall i count it hainous to cnjoy To bring my feet again into the snare

The public marks of horor and reward, Where once I have been caught; I know thy trains Conferr'd upon me, for the piety Though dearly to my cost, thy gins, and toils; Which to my country I was judg'd to' have thown. Thy fair inchanted cup, and warbling charms At this whoever envies or repines,

995 No more on me have power, their force is nulla, I leave him to his lot, and like my own. So much of adder's wisdom I have learn'd


Cuo. She's gone, a manifest serpent by her Ring To fence my ear against thy forceries.

Discover'd in the end, till now conceal'd. If in my flower of youth and strength, when all Sams. So let her go, God sent her to debase me,

And aggravate my folly, who committed Lov'd, honor'd, fcar'd me, thou alone could'so To such a viper his most sacred trust hate me

939 Of fecreíy, my safety, and my life. Thy husband, fight me, fell me, and forego nie; Cao. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath frage How wouldst thou use me now, blind, and thereby

power, Deceivable, in most things as a child

After offense returning, to regain Helpless, thence easily contemn'd, and scorn'd, Love once poffefs'd, nor can be easily 1095 And last neglected ? How wouldst thou insult, Repul’d, without much inward patsion felt When I must live uxorious to thy will 945 And secret iting of aniorous remorse. In perfect thraldom, how again betray me,

Sams. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing e-ncord end, Bearing my words and doings to the lords

Not wedlock-treachery indangering life. To gluss upon, and censuring, srown or smile? Cho. It is not virtue, wildom, valor, wit, 1019 This jail I count the house of liberty

Strength, comeliness of thape, or amplest merit To thine, whore doors my feet shall never enter. That woman's love can win or long inherit; Dal. Let me approach at least, and touch thy But what it is, hard is to say, hand.

· Harder to hit, Sams. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance (Which way soever men refer it)

ICIS wake

Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day My sudden rage to tear thee joint hy joint. Or seven, though one should musing fit. At distance I forgive thee; go with that;

If any of these or all, the Tininian bride Bewail thy failliood, and the pious works 955 Had not fi foon preferr'd It hath brought forth to make thec memorable Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar'd, 1025 Among illuftrious women, faithful wives :

Successor in thy bed, Cherish thy haften'd widowhood with the gold Nor both fo looíly disally'd Of matrimonial treason : fo farcwel.

Their nuptials, nor this last so treacheroudly DAL. I see thou art implacable, more deaf 960 Had fhorn the fatal harvest of thy head. To prayers, than winds and feas, yet winds to seas Is it for that such outward ornament ICOS Are reconcil'd at length, and sea to shore : Was lavish'd on their fex, that inward gifts Thy anger, unappealable, ftill rages,

Were left for halte unfinith’d, judgment fcant, Erernal tempest never to be calm’d.

Capacity not rais’d to apprehend
Why do I humble thus myself, and suing 965 Or value what is bett
For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate? In choice, but oftest to afiect the wrong?
Bid go with evil omen and the brand

Or was too much of self-love mix'd,
Of infamy upon my name denounc'd ?

Of constancy no root infix’d, To mix with thy concernments i desist

That either they love nothing, or not long? Henceforth, nor too much disapprove my own. Whate'er it be, to wiseft men and beit Fame if not double-fac'd is double-mouth'd, 971 Seeming ai firit a l hlav’nly under virgin reil, And with contrary blast proclames most deeds : Sost, modest, meek, demure,

1035 On both his wings, one black, the other white, Once join'), the contrary she proves, a thorn Bears greatest names in his wild aery flight. Intestin, für within defensive arms My name perhaps among the circumcis'd

975 A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue In Dan, in Judah, and the bordering tribes, Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms 1C4 To all posterity may stand defam’d,

Draws him awry inslav'd
With malediction mention'd, and the blot With dotage, and his sense deprav'd
Of falfhvod most unconjugal traduc'd.

To Polly' and famesul deeds woich ruit ends.



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What pilot so cxpert but needs muit wreck I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.
Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helm ? Sams. Boast not of what thou wouldst have
Favor'd of Heav'n who finds

done, but do

1104 One virtuous rarely found,

What then thou would't, thon secit it in thy hand. That in domestic good combines :

Har. To combat with a blind man I disdain, Happy that house! his way to peace is smooth: And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd. But virtue, which breaks through all opposition, Sams. Such usage as your honorable lords And all temptation can remove,

IOSI Afford mc' assassinated and betray'd, Most shines and most is acceptable above.

Who durft not with their whole united powers Therefore God's universal law

In fight withstand me single and unarm’d, IIII Gave to the man despotic power

Nor in the house with chamber ambushes Over his female in due awe,


Clofe-banded durft attack me, no not sleeping Nor from that right to part an hour,

Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold Smile the or lour :

Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. So shall he lcast confusion draw

Therefore without feign'd thists let be atlign'd On his whole life, not sway'd

Some narrow place inclos’d, where light may give By female ufurpation, or dismay'd. 1060

thee, but had we belt rctire, I fec a sturm?

Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; Saus. Fair days have oft contracted wind and Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet rain.

And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, Cảo. But this another kind of tempest brings. Vant-brass and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear, Soms. Be less abstruse, my riddling days are past. A weaver's beam, and seven-tinies-folded fhield,

Cho. Look now for no inchanting voice, nor fear I only with an oaken staff will meet thee, The bait of houied words; a rougher tongue

And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron, Draws hitherward, I know him by his stride, Which long shall not withhold me from thy head, The giant Harapha of Gath, his look

That in a little time while breath remains thee, Kaughty as is his pile high-built and prond. Thou oft fhalt with thyself at Gath to boait Comes he in peace? what wind hath blown him Again in safety what thou wouldst have done hither


To Samson, but shalt never sec Gath more. I less conjecture than when arst I saw

Har. Thou durit not thus disparage glorious The fumptuous Dalila floting this way:


1130 His habit corries peace, his brow defiance. Which greatest heroes have in battle woro,

Sams. Or peace or not, alike to me he comes. Their ornament and safety, had not spells Cno. His fraught we foon shall know, he now And black inchantments, some magician's art, arrives.

1075 Arm’d thee or charm'd thec strong, which thou Har. I come not, Samson, to condole thy

from Heaven chance,

Teign'uft at thy birth was giv’n thee in thy hair, As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been, Where strength can least abide, though all thy Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath,


1136 Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd

Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back As Og or Anak and the Emims old

1080 Uf chaf’d wild boars, or ruffled porcupines. That Kiriathaim held, thou know'st me now Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts; If thou at all art known. Much I have heard My trust is in the living God, who gave me 1140 Of thy prodigious might and feats perform’d At my nativity this strength, diffus'd Incredible to me, in this displeas'd,

No less through all iny finews, joints, and hones, That I was never present on the place 1085 Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unfhorn, Of those encounters, where we might have try'd The pledge of my unviolated vow. Each other's force in canıp or lifted field;

For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy Gol, 1145 And now am come to fee of whom such noise Go to his temple, invocate his aid Hath walk'd about, and a llimb to survey, With solemnest devotion, spread before him If thy appearance answer isud report. 1090 How highly it concerns his glory now SAMs. The way to know were not to see but To frustrate and diffolve these magic spells, taste.

Which I to be the power of Israel's God IIJO Har. Dort thou already single me? I thought Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that for-Offering to combat thee his champion bold,

With th' utrpost of his Godhead feconded : Had brought me to the field, where thou art Then thou shalt sec, or rather to thy sorrow 1154 fam'd

Soon feel, whofe God is strongest, thine or mine. To have wrought such wonders with an afs's jaw ; Har. Prosume not on thy God, whate'er he be', I should have forc'd thee foon with other arms, Thee hc regards not, owns not, hath cut off Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown : Quite from his people, and deliver'd up So had the glory' of prowess been recover'd into thy enemies' hand, permitted them To Palestine, won by a Philistine,

1099 To put out both thine eyes, and fetter'd send From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear'ít thee

ΙΙο The highest name for valiant acts; that honor Into the common prison, there to grind Certain to' have won by mortal duel from chce Among the faves and alles thy comrades,




As good for
nothing eble, no better service

Har. With thee, a man condemn'd, a flave is. With those thy boisterous locks, no worthy match

roll's, For valor to assail, nor by the sword 1165 Due hy the law to capital punishment?

1225 Of noble warrior, so to stain his honor,

To fight with thee no man of arms will deigo. But by the barber's razor beft fubdued.

Sams. Cam'it thou for this, vain boaltcr, to Sams. All these indignities, for such they are

survey me, From thine, these evils I delerve and more, To délcant on my strength, and give thy rere Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me

dict? Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon 1171 Come vearer, part not hence so flight informid; Whose car is ever open, and his eye

But take good heed my hand survey not chec. Gracions to re-admit the fuppliant :

Har. O Baal-zehub! can my ears unus': 1231 In confidence whereof I once again

Hear these dishonore, and not render death? Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight,

Sams. No man withholds thee, nothing frcar By combat to decide whore God is God,

thy hand Thine, or whom I with lírael's fons adore. Fear I incurable; bring up thy van, Har. Fair honor that thou doit thy God, in My heels are fetter'd, but my fist is free. trusting

Hall. This infolence other kind of aniwe fit:. He will accept thee to defend his cause,

Sams. Go, baffled coward, leit I run upoo A Murderer a Revolta and a Robber. 1180

thce, Sams. Tongue-doughty Giant, how doft shou Though in these chains, bulk without fpirit val prove me there?

And with one buffet lay thy structure low, 12:34 Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords ? Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee dowo Their magistrates coríelsd it, when they took thee To th' hazard of thy brains and shatter'd sidos. As a league-breaker, and deliver's bound

HAR. By Alaroth ere long thou thalt iaz.et Into our hards: for hadit thou not committed Thisc braveries in irens learen on tbce. Notorious murder on those thirty men 1186 Cuo. His giantluip is gone fomewhat ac. At Alcalon, who never did thce harm,

fall'n, Then like a robber flripp'dit them of their robes? Stalking with less unconscionable strides, 1245 The Philistines, when thou hadft broke the league, And lower looks, but in a sultry chafe. Went up with armed powers thee only feeking, Sams. I dread him rot, por all his gian-brood, To others did no violence nor spoil,

1191 Though fame divulge him father of five fons, SAMS. Among the daughters of the Philistines all of gigantic lize, Goliah chicf. I chose a wifi, which argued me no foe;

Cuo. He will directly to the lords, I fca5, 12 And in your city held my nuptial fealt;

And with malicious couníci ftir them up But your ill meaning politician lords, 1195 Some way or other yet further to afHict thee. Under pretence of bridal tricnu's and guests,

Sams. He must allege lume cause, and cifer'd Appointed to await me thirry fpics,

fight Who alreaening crueldeath constrain'd the bride Will not dare mention, left a question rise To wring from me and tell to then my secret, Whether he durit accept the offer or not, 1255 That Iulv'o the riddle which I had propos'd. 1200 And that he durft not plain enough appear'd. When I perceiv'd all set on enmity,

Much more affliction than already feit As on niy enemies, wherever chanc'd,

They cannot well impose, nor I futtain; I us'd hoitility, and took their poil

If they intend advantage of my labors, To pay my underminers in thcir coin.

The work of many hands, which caros my keep My nation was subiecled to your lords, 1 205


1200 It was the force of conducit; force with force With no linall profit daily to my owners. Is well ejected when the conquer'd can.

But come what will, niy deadliest foe will prove but I a private person, whom my country My fpcediest friend, by death to rid me hence, As a league-breaker gave up bound, prelun'd The worst that he can give, to me the best. Single rebellion, and did hostile acts. I 210 Yet su it may fall oui, because their end 1225 I was no private but a perfou rais'd

Is hate, not help to me, it may with mine W'ith frength sufficient and command from Hea Draw their own ruin who attempt the deed.

Cro. Oh how comely it is, and liow reviving To free my country; if their servile minds To the spirits of just men long oppress'd! Me their deliverer fent would not receive,

When God into the hands of their deliverer 1270 Bat to their maliers gave nie up for nought, 1215 Puts invincible might Th' unworthier they; whence to this day they To quell the mighty of the earth, th' opprefix, serve.

The brute and builterous force of violent nien I was to do my part from Heav'n allign'd, Hardy and industrious to support And ha i perforin'd it, if my known offense Tyrannic power, but raging to pursue 12 5 Had not disabled me, not all your force :

The righteous and all such as honor truth;
These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant

He all their ammunition
Though by his blinducís maim'd for high attempts, And feats of war defcats
Who now defies thee thrice to singie fight, With plain heroic magnitude of mind
As a peity enterprise, of small enforce,

And celestial vigor arm'd,




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