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For inward light alas
Puts forth no visual beam.
O mirror of our fickle state,
Since man on earth unparallel'd! 165
The rarer thy example stands,
By how much from the top of wondrous glory,
Strongest of mortal men, -
To lowest pitch of abjećt fortune thou art fall'n.
For him I reckon not in high estate 17o
Whom long descent of birth
Or the sphere of fortune raises;
But thee whose strength, while virtue was her mate,
Might have subdued the earth,
Universally crown'd with highest praises. I75
Sams. I hear the sound of words, their sense the air
Dissolves unjointed ere it reach my ear.
Chor. He speaks,letus draw nigh. Matchlessin might,
The glory late of Israel, now the grief;
We come thy friends and neighbours not unknown
From Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale 181
To visit or bewail thee, or if better,
Counsel or consolation we may bring,
Salve to thy fores; apt words have pow'r to swage
The tumors of a troubled mind, 185
And are as balm to fester'd wounds.
Sams. Your coming, Friends, revives me, for I learn
Now of my own experience, not by talk,
How counterfeit a coin they are who friends

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At least of thy own nation, and as noble.
Sams. The first I saw at Timna, and she pleas'd
Me, not my parents, that I sought to wed 22O
The daughter of an infidel: they knew not
That what I motion'd was of God; I knew

From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd
The marriage on; that by occasion hence

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Deliverance offer'd: I on th' other side
Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds, (doer;
The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the
But they persisted deaf, and would not seem 249
To count them things worth notice, till at length
Their lords the Philistines with gather'd pow'rs
Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then
Safe to the rock of Etham was retir’d,
Not flying, but fore-casting in what place
To set upon them, what advantag'd best: 255
Mean while the men of Judah, to prevent
The harrass of their land, beset me round;
I willingly on some conditions came
Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me
To the uncircumcis'd a welcome prey, 26o
Bound with two cords; but cords to me were threds
Touch'd with the flame: on their whole host I flew
Unarm'd, and with a trivial weapon fell'd
Their choicest youth; they only liv'd who fled.
Had Judah that day join'd, or one whole tribe, 265
They had by this possess'd the tow’rs of Gath,
And lorded over them whom now they serve:
But what more oft in nations grown corrupt,
And by their vices brought to servitude,
Than to love bondage more than liberty, 27o
Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty;
And to despise, or envy, or suspe&t

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As their deliverer; if he ought begin,
How frequent to desert him, and at last 275
To heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds?
Chor. Thy words to my remembrance bring
How Succoth and the fort of Penuel
Their great deliverer contemn'd,
The matchless Gideon in pursuit 28O
Of Madian and her vanquish'd kings:
And how ingrateful Ephraim
Had dealt with Jephtha, who by argument,
Not worse than by his shield and spear,
Defended Israel from the Ammonite, 285
Had not his prowess quell'd their pride
In that sore battel, when so many dy'd
Without reprieve adjudg’d to death,
For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.
Sams. Of such examples add me to the roll, 290
Me easily indeed mine may neglečt,
But God's propos'd deliverance not so.
Chor. Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;
Unless there be who think not God at all: 295
If any be, they walk obscure;
For of such doćtrin never was their school,
But the heart of the fool,
And no man therein doćtor but himself.
Yet more there be who doubt his ways not just, 3oo
As to his own edićts found contradićting, -

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