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Of fancy, fear'd lest one day thou would'st leave me
As her at Timna, fought by all means therefore
How to endear, and hold thee to me firmest:
I saw than by importuning
To learn thy secrets, get into
Thy key of strength and safety: thou wilt say,
Why then reveal'd? I was assurd by those
Who tempted me, that nothing was design'd
Against thee but safe custody, and hold:
That made for me, I knew that liberty
Would draw thee forth to perilous enterprises,
While I at home. fate full of cares and fears
Wailing thy absence in my widow'd bed;
Here I should still enjoy thee day and night
Mine and Love's pris’ner, not the Philistins,
Whole to my self, unhazarded abroad,
Fearless at home of partners in my
These reasons in Love's law have past for good,
Though fond and reasonless to some perhaps,
And Love hath oft, well meaning, wrought muchwo,
Yet always pity or pardon háth obtain'd.
Be not unlike all others, not austere
As thou art strong, inflexible as steel.
If thou in strength all mortals doft exceed,
In uncompassionate anger do not so.
Sams. How cunningly the Sorseress displays
Her own transgressions, to upbraid me mine?
That malice not repentance broughe thee hither,
By this appears: I gave, thou say'ít, th’example,
I led the way, bitter reproach, but true,
I to my self was false e'er thou to me,
Such pardon therefore as I give my folly,
Take to thy wicked deed: which when thou seest
Impartial, felf-fevere, inexorable,
Thou wilt renounce thy seeking, and much rather
Confess it feign'd, weakness is thy excuse,
And I believe it, weakness to resist
Philiftian gold : if weakness
What Murtherer, what Traitor, Paricide,
Incestuous, Sacrilegious, but may plead it?.
All wickedness is weakness: that plea therefore,
With Godor Man will gain thee no remission.
But Love constrain'd thee; call it furious' rage
To satisfie thy lust: Love seeks to have Love,
My love how could'At thou hope, who took'st the way
To raise in me inexpiable hate,
Knowing, as needs I must, by thee betray'd ?
In vain thou striv'st to cover same with shame,
For by evasions thy crime uncover'st more.
Dal. Since thou determin'st weakness for no plea
In man or woman, though to thy own condemning,
Hear what assaults I had, what snares besides,
What sieges girt me round, c'er I consented;
Which might have aw'd the best refolv'd of Men,
The constantest, to have yielded without blame.
It was not Gold, as to my charge thou lay'st,
That wrought with me: thou know'st the Magistrates
And Princes of my country came in person,
Solicited, commanded, threatn’d, urg?d,
Adjur'd by all the bonds of civil Duty
And of Religion, pressd how just it was
How honourable, how glorious to entrap
A common enemy, who had destroy'd
Such Numbers of our Nation: and the Priest
Was not behind, but ever at my cár,
Preaching how meritorious with the Gods
It would be to ensnare an irreligious
Dishonourer of Dagon: what had I
T'oppose against such pow'rful Arguments ?
Only my love of thee held long debate;
And combated in silence all their reasons
With hard contest: at lenth that grounded maxim
So rife and celebrated in the mouths
that to the publick good Private respects must yield; with grave authority Took full possession of me and prevail'd; Virtue, as I thought, truth, duty fo enjoyning.
Sams. I thought where all thy circling wiles would In feign'd Religion, smooth hypocrisie.
[end; But had thy love, still odiously pretended, Been, as it ought, sincere, it would have taught thec Far other reasonings, brought forth other deeds. I before all the daughters of my Tribe And of my Nation chose thee from among My enemies, loy'd thee, as too well thou knew'ft, Too well, unbofom'd all my secrets to thee, Not out of levity, but over-powr'd By thy request, who could deny thee nothing; Yet now am judg'd an enemy. Why then Didst thou at first receive me for thy Husband? Then, as since then, thy country's foe profeft: Being once a Wife, for me thou waft to leave
Parents and country; nor was I their subject,
Nor under their protection but my own,
Thou mine, not theirs: if aught against my life
Thy Country fought of thee, it sought unjustly,
Against the law of nature, law of nations,
No more chy Country, but an impious crew
Of men conspiring to uphold their state
By worse than hostile deeds, violating the ends
For which our Country is a name so dear;
Not therefore to be obey'd. But zeal mov'd thee;
To please thy Gods thou didft it; Gods unable
T'acquit themselves and prosecute their Foes
But by ungodly deeds, the contradiction
Of their own Deity, Gods they cannot be:
Less therefore to be pleas'd, obey'd, or fear'd.
These false pretexts and varnish'd colours failing,
Bare in thy guilt how foul must thou appear?
Dal. In argument with Men a Woman ever
Goes by the worse, whatever be her cause.
Sams. For want of words no doubt,or lack of breath, Witness when I was worried with thy peals. ·
Dal. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken In what I thought would have succeeded best.