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Nothing dishonourable, impure unworthy Our God, our law, my nation, or myself, 1 he last of me or no I cannot warrant.
Chor. Go, and the Holy One Of Israel be thy guide
1 o what may serve his glory best, and spread his name Great among the Heathen round; 1430
Send thee the angel of thy birth to stand
Man. Peace with you, brethren ; my inducemet.t
To give ye part with me what hope I have
C H o R. That hope would much rejoice us to parr With thee; say, rev'rend Sire,we thirst to hear, [take
Ma N.I have attempted one by one the lords Either at home, or through the high street passing, With supplication prone and father's tears, 1459 To accept of ransom for my son their pris'ner. Some much averse I found and wond'rous harsh, Contemptuous, proud, set on revenge and spite;' That part most reverene'd Dagon and his priest I Others more moderate seeming, but their aim Private reward, for which both God and state They easily would set to sale; a third More generous far and civil, who confess'd They had enough reveng'd, having redue'd Their foe to misery beneath their fears, The rest was magnanimity to remit, 14 i 0
If some convenient ransom were propos'd. .What noise or shout was that? It tore the sky.
Chor. Doubtless the people shouting to behold Their once great dread,captive and blind before them, Or at some proof of strength before them shown,
MAN. His ransom, if my whole inheritance May compass it, shall willingly be paid And numbcr'd down: much rather I shall choose To live the poorest in my tribe, than richest, And he in that calamitous prison left. 1489
No, I am fix'd not to part hence without him. For his redemption all my patrimony,
If need be I am ready to forego
And quit: not wanting him I shall want nothing.
Chor. Fathers are wont to lay up for their sons. Thou for thy son are bent to lay out all: ,
Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age,
Man. It shall be my delight to tend his eyes 1490
Useless, and thence ridiculous about him.
Chor. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor seem Of his delivery, and the joy thereon [vain
Conceiv'd agreeable to a father's love, ,
In both which we, as next, participate. [noise!
MAN. I know your friendly minds and—O what Mercy of Heav'n what hideous noise was that! Horribly loud, unlike the former shout. 1519
Chor. Noise call you it-or universal groan, As if the whole inhabitation perish'd!
Blood, death, and dcaihful deeds are in that noise, Ruin, destruction at the utmost point.
M A K. Of ruin indeed rnethought I heard the noise: Oh it continues, they have slain my son.
CHOR.Thv son is rather slaying them, thatoutFrom slaughter of one foe could not ascend, [cry Man. Some dismal accident it needs must be; What shall we do, stay here or run and see ? 15'20 Cboc Best keep together here,lest running thiWe unawares run into Danger's mouth, [ther This evil on the Philistines is fali'n; From whom could else a gen'ral cry be heard? The sufferers then will scarce molest us here, From other hands we need not much to fear. What if his eye-sight (for to Israel's God Nothing is hard) by miracle restor'd, He now be dealing dole among his foes, And over heaps of slaughter'd walk his way ? 1530 Man. That were a joy presumptuous to be
thought. Choc. Yet God hath wrought things as incrediFor his people of old: what hinders now? [ble MAN.He can I know,but doubt to-think he will; Yet hope would fain subscribe, and tempt belief. A little slay will bring some notice hither.
c it o R .Of good or bad sogreat,of bad the sooner; For evil news rides post, while good news baits, And to our wish I see one hither speeding, An Hebrew as I guess, and of our tribe. 1540 Mts O whither shall 1 run, or which way ily
This sight of this so horrid spectacle,
Man.The accident was loud,and here before thee With rueful cry, yet what it was we hear not; No preface needs, thou seest we long to know.
Mes. It would burst forth, but I recover breath And sense distract, to know well what I utter.
MAN. Tell us the sum, the circumstance defer.
Mes. Gaza yet stands, but all her sons are fall'n, All in a moment overwhelm'd and fall'n. [dest
Man. Sad, but thou knowest to Israelites not sadThe desolation of a hostile city. 1561
Mes. Feed on that first, there may in grief be
Man. Relate by whom. [surfeit.
Mes. By Samson.
Man. That still lessens The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
Mes. Ah Manoah, I refrain too suddenly To utter what will come at last too soon; Lest evil tidings with too rude irrupt oi 15S9 Hitting thy aged ear should pierce too deep.
Man. Suspense in news is torture,speak theraout.