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Of chaf'd wild Boars, or ruffl'd Porcupines.

Sams. I know no Spells, use no forbidden Arts; My trust is in the living God who gave me At my Nativity this strength, diffus'd No less through all my finews, joints and bones, Than thine, while I presery'd these locks unshorn, The pledge of my

unyiolated vow. For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy god, Go to his Temple, invocate his aid With solemnest devotion, spread before him How highly it concerns his glory now To frustrate and diffolve these Magick spells, Which I to be the power of Israel's God Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Offring to combat thee his Champion bold, With th’utmost of his Godhead seconded : Then thou shalt see, or rather to thy sorrow Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine.

Har. Presume not on thy God, what e'er he be, Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off Quite from his people, and deliver'd up Into thy Enemies hand, permitted them To put out both thine eyes, and 'fetter'd send thee

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Into the common Prison, there to grind
Among the Slaves and Asses thy comrades,
As good for nothing else, no better service
With those thy boyst'rous locks, no worthy match
For valour to assail, nor by the sword
Of noble Warriour, fo to stain his honour,
But by the Barbers razor best subdu'd.

Sams. All these indignities, for such they are
From thine, these evils I deserve and more,
Acknowledge them from God inflicted on mę
Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon
Whofe ear is eyer open ; and his eye
Gracious to re-admit the suppliant;
In confidence whereof I once again
Defie thee to the trial of mortal fight,
By combat to decide whose God is God,
Thine or whom I with Ifrael's Sons adore,

Har. Fair honour that thou dost thy God, in trusting He will accept thee to defend his cause, A Murtherer, a Revolter, and a Robber. [me these?

Sam. Tongue-doughty Giant, how dost thou prove

Har. Is not thy Nation subject to our Lords? Their Magistrates confeft it, when they took thee

As

As a League-breaker and deliver'd bound
Into our hands: for hadit thou not committed
Notorious murther on those thirty men
At Askalon, who never did thee harm,
Then like a Robber strip'dft them of their robes ?
The Philistins, when thou hadft broke the league,
Went up
with armed

powers thee only seeking, To others did no violence nor spoil.

Sams. Among the Daughters of the Philistins I chose a Wife, which argu'd me no foe; And in your City held my Nuptial Feast: But

your ill-meaning Politician Lords, Under pretence of Bridal friends and guests, Appointed to await me thirty Spies, Who threatning cruel death constrain’d the Bride To wring from me and tell to them

my

secret, That foly'd the riddle which I had propos'd. When I perceiy'd all set on enmity, As on my enemies, where ever chanc'd, I us’d hostility, and took their spoil To pay my underminers in their coin. | My Nation was subjected to

your

Lords.
the force of Conquest; force with force

It

was

Is well ejected when the Conquer'd can.
But I a private person, whom my Country
As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum'd
Single Rebellion and did hostile Acts.
I was no private but a person rais'd
With strength sufficient and command from Heav'n
To free my Country; if their servile minds
Me their deliverer sent would not receive,
But to their Masters gave me up for naught,

Th’unworthier they; whence to this day they serve,
I was to do my part from Heav'n assign'd,
And had perform'd it if my known offence
Had not disabld me, not all your

force: These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant Though by his blindness maim'd for high attempts, Who now defies thee thrice to single fight, As a petty enterprise of small enforce.

Har. With thee a man condemn'd, a Slave enrol'd, Due by the Law to capital punishment ? To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.

Sams.Cam'st thou for this,vain boaster,to survey me, To descant on my strength, and give thy verdict ? Come nearer, part not hence so slight inform’d;

But

But take good heed my hand survey not thee.

Har. O Baal-zebub! can my ears unus'd Hear these dishonours, and not render death?

Samf. Noman with-holds thee, nothing from thy Fear I incurable; bring up thy van,

[hand My heels are fetter'd, but my

filt is free. Har. This insolence other kind of answer fits.

Sams. Go baffl’d coward, lest I run upon thee, Though in these chains, bulk without spirit valt, And with one buffet lay thy structure low, Or swing thee in the Air, then dash thee down To th’ hazard of thy brains and shatter'd sides.

Har. By Astaroth e'er long thou shalt lament These braveries in Irons loaden on thee.

Chor. His Giantship is gone somewhat crcst-fall'n, Stalking with less unconscionable strides, And lower looks, but in a sultrie chase.

Sams. I dread him not, nor all his Giant-brood, Though fame divulg'd him Father of five Sons All of Gigantick fize, Goliab chief.

Chor. He will directly to the Lords, I fear, And with malitious counsel ftir them

up Some way or other farther to afflict thce.

Sans.

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