« PreviousContinue »
While I at home sat full of cares and fears, . 805
Sams. How cunningly the forceress displays Her own transgressions, to upbraid me mine? 820 That malice not repentance brought thee hither, By this appears : I gave, thou say'st, th' example, I led the way; bitter reproach, but true; I to myself was false ere thou to me; Such pardon therefore as I give my folly, 825 Take to thy wicked deed; which when thou seest Impartial, self-severe, inexorable, *** Thou wilt renounce thy seeking, and much rather Confess it feign'd: weakness is thy excuse, And I believe it, weakness to resist Philiftian gold: if weakness may excuse, What murderer, what traitor, parricide,
Incesluous, sacrilegious, but may plead il?
Dal. Since thou determin'st weakness for no plea
Sams. I thought where all thy circling wiles would In feign'd religion, smooth hypocrisy. (end; But had thy love, ftill odiously pretended, Been, as it ought, sincere, it would have taught thee Far other reasonings, brought forth other deeds. I before all the daughters of my tribe 876 And of my nation chose thee from among My enemies, lov'd thee, as too well thou knew'st, Too well, unbosom'd all my secrets to thee, Not out of levity, but over-power'd
880 By thy request, who could deny thee nothing; Yet now am judg’d an enemy. Why then Didst thou at first receive me for thy husband, Then, as since then, thy country's foe profess’d? Being once a wife, for me thou wast to leave 885 Parents and country; nor was I their subject, Nor under their protection but my own, Thou mine, not theirs: if ought against my life
Thy country sought of thee, it sought unjustly,
Dal. In argument with men a woman ever
Sams. For want of words no doubt, or lack of Witness when I was worried with thy peals. (breath;
Dal. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken In what I thought would have succeeded best, Let me obtain forgiveness of thee, Samson, Afford me place to show what recompense 910 Tow’ards thee I intend for what I have misdone, Misguided; only what remains past cure Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist T'afflict thyself in vain: though sight be lost, Life yet hath many solaces, enjoy’d Where other senses want not their delights
At home in leisure and domestic ease,
925 With all things grateful chear’d, and so fupply'd, That what by me thou' has lost thou least shalt miss.
Sams. No, no, of my condition take no care ; It fits not; thou and I long since are twain ; Nor think me so unwary or accurs’d, 930 To bring my feet again into the snare Where once I have been caught; I know thy trains Though dearly to my cost, thy gins, and toils; Thy fair inchanted cup, and warbling charms No more on me have pow'r, their force is null'd, So much of adder's wisdom I have learn'd 936 To fence my ear against thy sorceries. If in my flower of youth and strength, when all men Lov’d, honor’d, fear'dme, thou alone could's hate me Thy husband, slight me, fell me, and forgo me; How wouldst thou use me now, blind, and thereby Deceivable, in most things as a child 942 Helpless, thence easily contemn'd, and scorn'd, And last neglected ? How wouldlt thou insult,