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Swift as the light'ning glance he executes
But patience is more oft the exercise
That Tyranny or Fortune can inflict.
This idol's day hath been to thee no day of rest,
or. Hebrews, the pris'ner Samson here I seek
Chor. His manacles remark him, here he sits
Of. Samson, to thecour lords thus bid me say
This day to Dagon is a solemn feast, 131
With sacrifices, triumph, pomp, and games;
Thy strength they know surpassing human rate,
My presence; for that cause I cannot come.
Of. This answer, be assur'd, will not content
Or make a game of my calamities?
The worst of all indignities, yet on me
Join'd with extreme contempt P I will not come.
OF. My message was impos'd on me with speed, Brooks no delay: is this thy resolution f
SAM. So take it with what speed thy message needs, O F I am sorry what this stoutness will produce. SAM. Perhaps thou shalt have cause to sorrow
indeed. Chor. Consider, Samson, matters now are Up to the highth, whether to hold or break; [strain'd He's gone, and who knows how he may report 1350 Thy words by adding fuel to the flame, Expect another message more imperious, More lordly thund'ring than thou well wilt bear.
Sam. Shall I abuse this consecrated gift Of strength, again returning with my hair After my great transgression, so requite Favour rsnew'd, and add a greater sin By prostituting holy things to idols; A Nazarite in place abominable Vaunting my strength in honour to their Dagon? Besides how vile, contemptible, ridiculous, 1361 What act more execrably unclean, profane?
Chor. Yet with this strength thou serv'st the Idolatrous, uncircumcis'd, unclean. [Philistines
SAm. Not in their idol-worship, but by labour' Honest and lawful to deserve my food Of those who have me in their civil power. [file not. Chor. Where the heartjoins not, outwardacts de
SAM. Where outward force constrains, the tentence holds. But who constrains me to the temple of Dagon, Not dragging ? the Philistian lords command. 1311 Commands arc no constraints. If I obey them, I do it freely, vent'ring to displease God for the fear of man, and man prefer, Set God behind: which in his jealousy Shall never unrepented, find forgiveness. Yet that he may dispense with me or thee Present in temples at idolatrous rites For some important cause, thou need's; not doubt.
ciloit. How thou wilt here come off surmounts my reach,
s A M. Be of good courage, I begin to feel Some rousing motions in me which dispose 1382 To something extraordinary my thoughts. I with this messenger will go along, Nothing to do be sure, that may dishonour Our law, or stain my vow of Nazarite. If there be ought of presage in the mind, This day will be remarkable in my life By some great act, or of my days the last. 1388
Chor. In time thou hast resolv'd, the roan returns.
Of. Samson, this second message from our loru To thee I am bid say. Art thou our slave, Our captive, at the public mill our drudge, And dar'st thou at our sending and command
Dispute thy coming? come without delay;
Because they shall not trail me through their street,
Of. I praise thy resolution: doff these links: 1410 By this compliance thou wilt win the lords 1 o favour, and perhaps to set thee tree.
Sam. Brethren, farewell; your company along 1 will not wish, lest it perhaps offend them To see me girt with friends; and how the sight Of me as of a common enemy, So dreaded once, may now exasperate them, I know.not: lords are lordliest in their wine; And the well-feasted priest then soonest fir'd With zeal, if ought religion seem concern'd; 1 420 No less the people on their holy days Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable: Happen what may, of me expect to hear