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And now some public proof thereof require
Sam. Thou know'st I am an Hebrew, therefore tell
OF.This answer, be assur'd, will not content them.
Sam. Have they not sword-players, and every sort
Or make a game of my calamities?
Of. Regard thyself, this will offend them highly.
Sam.Myself? my conscience and internal peace. Can they think me so broken, so debas'd 1335 With corporal servitude, that my mind ever Will condescend to such absurd commands; Although their drudge, to be their fool or jester, And in my midst of sorrow and heart-grief 1339 To show them feats, and play before their god, The worst of all indignities, yet on me Join'd with extreme contempt? I will not come,
Of. My message was impos'd on me with speed, Brooks no delay 1 is this thy resolution? 134+
Sam. So take it with what speed thy message needs.
Of. lam sorry what this stoutness will produce.
Sam. Perhaps thou shalt have cause to sorrow in. deed.
CHOr.Consider,Samson,mattersnowarestrain'd Up to the highth, whether to hold or break; He's gone, and who knows how he may report 1350 Thy words by adding fuel to the flame? Expect another message more imperious, More lordly thund'ring than thou well wilt bear.
Sam. 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 Vaunting my strength in honor to their Dagon? Besides how vile, contemptible, ridiculous, 1361 What ail more execrably unclean, profane?
Chor. Yet with this strength thou serv'st the PhiIdolatrous, uncircumcis'd, unclean. [listines,
Sam. Not in their idol-worship, but by labor Honest and lawful to deserve my food Of those who have me in their civil power. [not.
Chor. Where the heart joinsnot,ou tward acts defile
S A M. Whereoutwaid force constrains, the sentence But who constrains me to the temple of Dagon, [holds. Not dragging ? the Philistian lords command. 1371
Commands are no constraints. If I obey them,
Shall never unrepented, find forgiveness.
Betause they shall not trail me through their streets
Of. I praise thy resolutioni doff these linksi
Sam. Brethren farewel; your company along
So dreaded once, may now exasperate them,
Impetuous, insolent, unquenchablei
Chor. Go, and the Holy One
To what may serve his glory best, and spread his Great among the Heathen round; 1430
Send thee the angel of thy birth, to stand
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Fast by thy side, who from thy father's field
Rode up in flames after his message told
Of thy conception, and be now a shield
Of fire; that Spirit that first rush'd on thee 1435
In the camp of Dan
Be efficacious in thee now at need.
For never was from Heav'n imparted
Measure of strength so great to mortal seed,
As in thy wondrous actions hath been seen. 1440
But wherefore comes old Manoah in such haste
With youthful steps ? much livelier than ere while
He seems: supposing here to find his son,
Or of him bringing to us some glad news? 1444
Man. Peace with you, brethren; my inducement Was not at present here to find my son, [hither By order of the lords new parted hence To come and play before them at their feast. I heard all as I came, the city rings, And numbers thither flock, I had no will, 1450 Lest I should see him forc'd to things unseemly. But that which mov'd my coming now was chiefly To give ye part with me what hope I have With good success to work his liberty. 14-54
Chor.That hope would much rejoiceus to partake With thee; say, reverend Sire, we thirst to hear.
Man. I have attempted one by one the lords Either at home, or through the high street passing, With supplication prone and father's tears, 1459 To' accept of ransom for my son their pris'ner. Some much averse I found and wondrous harsh,