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When I must live luxurious to thy will

945 In perfect thraldom, how again betray me, Bearing my words and doings to the lords To gloss upon, and censuring, frown or smile? This jail I count the house of liberty 999 To thine, whose doors my feet shall never enter.

Dal. Let me approach at least, and touch thy hand.

Sams. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance My sudden rage to tear thee joint by joint. (wake At distance I forgive thee, go with that; Bewail thy falfhood, and the pious works 955 It hath brought forth to make thee memorable Among illustrious women, faithful wives: Cherish thy hasten’d widowhood with the gold Of matrimonial treason: so farewel.

Dal. I see thou art implacable, more deaf 960 To pray’rs, than winds and seas, yet winds to seas Are reconcil'd at length, and sea to shore: Thy anger, unappeasable, still rages, Eternal tempest never to be calm’d. Why do I humble thus myself, and suing 965 For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate? Bid go with evil omen and the brand Of infamy upon my name denounc'd ? To mix with thy concernments I desist Henceforth, nor too much disapprove my own. 970

Fame if not double-fac'd is double-mouth’d, . And with contrary blast proclames most deeds; ..

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On both his wings, one black, the other white,
Bears greatest names in his wild aery flight.
My name perhaps among the circumcis’d 975
In Dan, in Judah, and the bordering tribes,
To all posterity may stand defam’d,
With malediction mentioned, and the blot
Of falshood most unconjugal traduc'd.
But in my country where I most desire, - 980
In Ecron, Gaza, Aldod, and in Gath,
I shall be nam’d among the famousest
Of women, sung at solemn festivals,
Living and dead recorded, who to save
Her country from a fierce destroyer, chose 985
Above the faith of wedlock-bands, my tomb
With odors visited and annual flowers;
Not less renown'd than in mount Ephraim
Jael, who with inhospitable guile
Smote Sisera sleeping through the temples naild.
Nor shall I count it hainous to enjoy

The public marks of honor and reward
Conferr’d upon me, for the piety
Which to my country I was judg’d to’have shown.
At this who ever envies or repines,

995 I leave him to his lot, and like my own.

Chor. She's gone, a manifest serpent by her sting Discover'd in the end, till now conceal’d.

Sams. So let her go, God sent her to debase me, And aggravate my folly, who committed 1000


To such a viper his most fared trust
Of secresy, my safety, and my life. (power,

Chor. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possess’d, nor can be easily 1005
Repuls'd, without much inward passion felt
And secret sting of amorous remorse.

Sams. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end, Not wedlock-treachery indang’ring life.

Chor. It is not virtue, wisdom, valor, wit, 1010 Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit That woman's love can win or long inherit; But what it is, hard is to say, . Harder to hit, (Which way foever men refer it)

1015 Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day Or sev’n, though one should musing sit.

If any of these or all, the Timnian bride Had not so soon preferr’d Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar’d, 1020 Successor in thy bed, Nor both so loosly disally'd Their nuptials, nor this last so treacheroụsly Had shorn the fatal harvest of thy head. Is it for that such outward ornament 1025 Was lavish'd on their sex, that inward gifts •Were left for hafte unfinish’d, judgment scant, Capacity not rais’d to apprehend

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Or value what is best
In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong? 1030
Or was too much of self-love mix’d,
Of constancy no root infix’d,
That either they love nothing, or not long ?

Whate'er it be, to wisest men and best
Seeming at first all heav'nly under virgin veil, 1035
Soft, modest, meek, demure,
Once join'd' the contrary she proves, a thorn
Intestin, far within defensive arms
A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue
Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms 1040
Draws him awry inslay'd
With dotage, and his sense deprav’d,
To folly' and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
What pilot so expert but needs must wreck
Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helm? 1045

Favor’d of Heav'n who finds One virtuous rarely found, That in domestic good combines: Happy that house! his way to peace is smooth: But virtue which breaks through all opposition, And all temptation can remove,

1051 Most shines and most is acceptable above.

Therefore God's universal law Gave to the man despotic power Over his female in due awe,

1055 Nor from that right to part an hour,

Smile she or lour:
So shall he least confusion draw
On his whole life, not sway'd
By female usurpation, or dismay’d.

But had we best retire, I see a storm?
Sams. Fair days have oft contractedwind and rain.
Chor. But this another kind of tempest brings.
Sams. Be less abstruse, my riddling days are past.

Chor. Look now for no inchanting voice, nor fear The bait of honied words; a rougher tongue 1066 Draws hitherward, I know him by his stride, The giant Harapha of Gath, his look Haughty as is his pile high-built and proud. Comes he in peace? whatwind hath blown him hither I less conjecture than when first I saw 1071 The sumptuous Dalila floting this way: His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.

Sams. Or peace, or not, alike to me he comes. Cho.His fraughtwesoon shall know, he now arrives.

Har. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance, As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been, Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath, Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd As Og or Anak and the Emims old

1080 That Kiria thim held, thou know'st me now If thou at all art known. Much I have heard Of thy prodigious might and feats perform’d Incredible to me, in this displeas’d,



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