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Nor less renown'd than in Mount Ephraim
Jael, who with inhospitable guile
Smote Sisera sleeping, through the temples nail'd.
Nor shall I count it heinous to enjoy 991
The public marks of honour and reward
Conferr'd upon me for the piety
Which to my country I wasjudg'd to' have shown,
At this whoever envies or repines,
I leave him to his lot, and like my own.
Chor. She's gone, a manifest serpent by her sting
Discover'd in the end, till now conceal'd.
Sam. So let her go, God sent her to debase me,
And aggravate my folly, who committed 1001)
1 o such a viper his most sacred trust
Of secrecy, my safety, and my life.
Chor. Yet beauty,though injurious, hath strange After offence returning, to regain [power
Love once possess'd, nor can be easily
Repuls'd, without much inward passion felt
And secret sting of amorous remorse.
Sam. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end Not wedlock-treachery indang'ring life.
Chor. It is not virtue, wisdom, valor, wit, 1010
(Which way soever men refer it)
If any of these or all, the Timnian bride
Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar'd, j020
In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong? 1030
Or was too much of self-love mix'd,
Of constancy no root infix'd,
That either they love nothing, or not long T
Seeming at first all heav'nly under virgin veil,
Soft, modest," meek, demure,
Onccjoin'd, the contrary-she proves, a thorn
Intestine, far within defensive arms
A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue
Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms 104S
Draws him awry enslav'd
With dotage, and D's sense deprav'd
To folly' and shameful deeds with ruin ends.
What pilot so expert but needs must wreck
Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helm?
Favor'd of Heav'n who finds One virtuous rarely found,
That in domestic good combines:
Happy that house ! his way to peace is smooth:
But virtue which breaks through all opposition,! 050
And all temptation can remove,
Most shines and most is acceptable above.
Therefore God's universal law'
Gave to the man despotic power
Over his female in due awe,
Nor from that right to part an hour,
Smile she or lour:
So shall he least confusion draw
On his own life, not sway'd
By female usurpation, or dismay'd. 1060
But had we best retire, I see a storm?
Sam. Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain.
The bait of honied words ; a rougher tongue
Draws hithcrward, I know him by his stride,
The giant Harapha of Gath, his look
Haughty as his pile high-built and proud.
Comes he in peace ? what wind hath blown him hither
I less cenjecture than when fist I saw 1071
The sumptuous Dalila floating this way;
His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.
Sam. Or peace ornot.aliketome he comes, [rives. C H OR. His fraughtwesoon shall know,he now aril A R . I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance, As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been,
Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gaih,
Men call me Harapha, of stock renowu'd
As Og or Anak and the Emmims old 1080
That Kiriathim held, thou know'st me now
If thou at all art known. Much I have heard
Of thy prodigious might and feats perform'd
Incredible to me, in this displeas'd,
That was never present on the place
Of those encounters, where we might have try'd
Each other's force in camp or listed field;
And now am come to see of whom such noise
Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey,
If thy appearance answer loud report. 1090
Sam. The way to know were not to see but taste
Har. Dost thou already single me ? I thought Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that Fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam'd To' have wrought such wonders with an ass's jaw; I should have fore'd thee soon with other arms, Or left thy carcase where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory' of prowess been recover'd To Palestine, won by a Philistine, From the unforeskinn'd race, of whom thou beard The highest name for valiant acts ; that honor 1101 Certain to' have won by mortal duel from thee, I lose, prevented by thy eyes put put. [but do
Sam. Boast not of what thou would'st have done What then thou would'st, thou seest it in thy hand.
Har. To combat with a blind man I disdain, And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd.
Sam. Such usages as your honorable lords Afford me' assassinated and betray'd; Who durst not with their whole united powers 1110 In fight withstand me single and unarm'd, Nor in the house with chamber ambushes Close-banded durst attack me, no not sleeping, 1 ill they hir'd a woman with their gold Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. Therefore without feign'd shifts let be assign'd Some narrow place enclos'd, where sight may give Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; [thee i hen put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, 1120 Vant-brass, and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear, A weaver's beam, and sev'n times folded shield, I only with an oaken staff will meet thee, And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron, Which long shall not withhold me from thy head, That in a little time while breath remains thee, Thou oft shall wish thyself at Gath to boast Again in safety what thou would'st have done To Samson, but shalt never see Gath more.
Har. Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms