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That what I mention'd was of God; I knew
From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd
"The Marriage on; that by occasion hence
I might begin Ifrael's Deliverance,
The work to which I was divinely call’d.
She proving falfe, the next I took to Wife
(O that I never had! fond wish too late,) :
Was in the Vale of Sorec, Dalila,
That specious Monster, my accomplisht snare.
I thought it lawful from my former act,
And the same end; ftill watching to oppress
Ifrael's Oppressors: of what now I fuffer
She was not the prime cause, but I my felf,
Who vanquilht with a peal of words (O weakness!)
fort of filence to a Woman,
Chor. In seeking juft occasion to provoke
The Philiftin, chy Country's Enemy,
Thou never wast remifs, I bear thee witnefs:
Yet Israel Aill ferves with all his Sons.
Sams. That fault I take not on me, but transfer.
On Ifrael's Governors, and Heads of Tribes,
Who seeing thofe great ads which God had done
Singly by me against their Conquerors
Acknowledg'd not, or not all consider'd
Deliv'rance offer'd: I on th’other side
Us'd no ambition to commend
deeds, The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the
[doer; But they persisted deaf, and would not seem To count them things worth notice, till at length Their Lords the Philistins with gather'd pow'rs Enter'd Judea seeking me, who chen" Safe to the rock of Etham was retird, Not flying, but fore-casting in what place To set
upon them what advantag'd beft; Mean while the men of Judah to prevent The harrass of their Land beset me round; I willingly on some conditions came Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me To the uncircumcis'd a welcom prey, Bound with two cords; but cords to me were threds Toucht with the flame: on their whole Hoast I flew Unarm’d, and with a trivial weapon felld Their choicest youth; they only liv'd who fled. Had Judah that day join'd, or one whole Tribe, They had by this poffefs'd the Tow'rs of Gath, And lorded over them whom now they serve;
But what more oft in Nations grown corrupt,
And by their vices brought to servitude,
Than to love Bondage more than Liberty,
Bondage with ease than strenuous Liberty;
And to despise, or envy, or suspect
Whom God hath of his special favour rais'd
As their Deliv'rer; if he aught begin,
How frequent to desert him, and at last
To heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds?
Chor. Thy words to my remembrance bring
How Succoth and the Fort of Penuel
The matchless Gideon in pursuit
Of Madian and her vanquisht Kings :
And how ingrateful Ephraim
Had dealt with Jephtha, who by argument,
Not worse than by his shield and spear
Defended Israel from the Ammonite,
Had not his prowess quell'd their pride
In that fore battel when so many dy'd
Without Reprieve adjudgʻd to death,
For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.
Sams. Of such examples add me to the roul,
Me easily indeed mine may neglect,
But God's propos'd deliverance not fo.
Chor. Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to Men;
Unless there be who think not God at all,
If any be, they walk obscure ;
For of such Doctrine never was there School,
But the heart of the Fool,
And no man therein Doctor but himself.
Yet more there be who doubt his ways not juft,
As to his own edicts found contradicting,
Then give the reins to wandring thought,
Regardless of his Glory's diminution ;
Till by their own perplexities involv'd
They rayel more, ftill less resolv'd,
But never find self-fatisfying solution.
As if they would confine th' interminable,
And tie him to his own prefeript,
Who made our Laws to bind us, not himself,
And hath full right t'exempt
Whom so it pleases him by choice
From National obstriction, without taint
Of fin, or legal debt;
For with his own Laws he can best dispense.
He would not else who never wanted means, Nor in respect of th' enemy just cause | To set his people free,
Have prompted this Heroick Nazarite
Against his vow of strictest purity,
To seek in marriage that fallacious Bride,
Down Reason then, at least vain reasonings down,
Though Reason here aver
That moral vérdiet quits her of unclean:
Unchaste was subsequent, her stain not his.
But see here comes thy rev'rend Sire
With careful step, Locks white as down,
Old Manoah: advise
Forthwith how thou oughtst to receive him.
Sams. Ay me, another inward grief awak'd
With mention of that name renews th'assault.
Man. Brethren and men of Dan, for such ye feem, Though in this uncouth place; if old respect, As I suppose, toward your once glory'd friend, My Son now Captive, hither hath informd