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Har. With thee a man condemn'd, a slave enrolld, Due by the law to capital punishment? 1225 To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. Sams. Cam's thou for this, vainboaster, to survey me, To descant on my strength, and give thy verdict? Come nearer, part not hence so slight inform’d; But take good heed my hand survey not thee.
Har. O Baal-zebub! can my ears unus'd 123 I Hear these dishonors, and not render death?
Sams. No man withholds thee, nothing from thy Fear I incurable; bring up thy van, (hand My heels are fetter'd but my fist is free. 1235
Har. This insolence other kind of answer fits.
Sams. Go baffled coward, left I run upon thee, Though in these chains, bulk without spirit yast, And with one buffet lay thy structure low, Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee down 1240 To th' hazard of thy brains and shatter'd fides.
Har. By Astaroth ere long thou shalt lament These braveries in irons loaden on thee.
Chor. His giantship is gone somewhat crest-fall’n, Stalking with less unconscionable strides, 1245 And lower looks, but in a sultry chafe.
Sams. I dread him not, nor all his giant-brood, Though fame divulge him father of five sons, All of gigantic size, Goliah chief.
Chor. He will directly to the lords, I fear, 1250 And with malicious counsel ftir them up
Some way or other yet further to afflict thee.
The work of many hands, which earns my keeping
Chor. Oh how comely it is, and how reviving To the spirits of just men long oppress’d! When God into the hands of their deliverer 1270 Puts invincible might To quell the mighty of the earth, th' oppressor, The brute and boil'rous force of violent men Hardy and industrious to support Tyrannic pow'r, but raging to pursue 1275 The righteous and all such as honor truth; He all their ammunition And feats of war defeats: With plain heroic magnitude of mind
And celestial vigor arm’d,
But patience is more oft the exercise
This idol's day hath been to thee no day of rest,
Of. Hebrews, the pris’ner Samson here I seek. - Chor. His manacles remark him, there he fits.
off. Samson to thee our lords thụs bid me say; This day to Dagon is a solemn feast, 1311 With sacrifices, triumph, pomp, and games; Thy strength they know surpassing human rate, And now some public proof thereof require To honor this great feast, and great assembly; 1315 Rise therefore with all speed and come along, Where I will see thee hearten’d and fresh clad To'appear as fits before th' illustrious lords.
Sams. Thou know'st I am an Hebrew, therefore , Our law forbids at their religious rites (tell them, My presence; for that cause I cannot come. 1321
Off. This answer, be assur’d, will not content them.
Sams. Have they not sword-players, and every sort Of gymnic artists, wrestlers, riders, runners, Juglers and dancers, antics, mummers, mimics, But they must pick me out with shackels tir’d, 1326 And over-labor'd at their public mill, To make them sport with blind activity ? Do they not seek occasion of new quarrels On my refusal to distress me more, Or make a game of my calamities? Return the way thou cam's, I will not come.
Of. Regard thyself, this will offend them highly.
Sams. Myself? my conscience and internal peace. Can they think me so broken, so debas'd 1335
With corporal servitude, that my mind ever
Off. My message was impos'd on me with speed, Brooks no delay: is this thy resolution? 1344
Sams. So take it with what speed thy message needs. Off. I am sorry what this stoutness will produce. Sam.Perhaps thou shalt have causeto sorrow indeed.
Chor. Consider, Samson; matters now are strain'd Up to the highth, whether to hold or break; He's gone, and who knows how he may report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame ? 1351 Expect another message more imperious, More lordly thund'ring than thou well wilt bear.
Sams. Shall I abuse this consecrated gift Of strength, again returning with my hair 1355 After my great transgression, so requite Favor renew'd, and add a greater sin By prostituting holy things to idols; A Nazarite in place abominable
1359 Vaunting my strength in honor to their Dagon ? Besides how vile, contemptible, ridiculous, What actmoreexecrably unclean, profane? (stines, Chor. Yet with this strength thou serv'st the Phili