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145 Then by main force pulld up, and on his shoulders The gates of Azza, post, and massy bar, (bore Up to the hill by Hebron, seat of giants old, No journey of a sabbath-day, and loaded fo; Like whom the Gentiles feign to bear up Heaven. Which shall I first bewail,
151 Thy bondage or lost sight, Prison within prison Inseparably dark ? Thou art become (О worst imprisonment!) 155 The dungeon of thyself; thy soul (Which men enjoying light oft without cause comImprison'd now indeed,
(plain) In real darkness of the body dwells, Shut up from outward light T' incorporate with gloomy night;
For inward light alas
Sams. I hear the sound of words, their sense the
Chor. He speaks, let us draw nigh. Matchless in
185 And are as balm to fester'd wounds.
Sams. Your coming, Friends, revives me, for I Now of my own experience, not by talk, (learn How counterfeit a coin they are who friends
Bear in their superscription, (of the most 190
This with the other should, at least, have pair’d, *These two proportion'd ill drove me transverse.
Chor. Tax not divine disposal; wisest men 210 Have err’d, and by bad women been deceiv'd; And shall again, pretend they ne'er so wise. Deject not then so overmuch thyself, Who hast of sorrow thy full load besides ; Yet truth to say, I oft have heard men wonder 215 Why thou shouldst wed Philiftian women rather Than of thine own tribe fairer, or as fair,
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 220 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 I might begin Israel's deliverance,
225 The work to which I was divinely call’d. She proving false, the next I took to wife (O that I never had! fond wish too late,) Was in the vale of Sorec, Dalila, That specious monster, my accomplish'd snare. 230 I thought it lawful from my former act, And the same end; still watching to oppress Israel's oppressors : of what now I suffer She was not the prime cause, but I myself, Who vanquish'd with a peal of words (O weakness!) Gave up my fort of silence to a woman. 235
Chor. In seeking just occasion to provoke . The Philistine, thy country's enemy, Thou never wast remiss, I bear thee witness: Yet Israël still serves with all his sons. 240
Sams. That fault I take not on me, but transfer On Israel's governors, and heads of tribes, Who seeing those great acts, which God had done Singly by me against their conquerors, Acknowledg’d not, or not at all consider’d 245