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Contemptuous, proud, set on revenge andspite;
More generous far and civil, who confess'd
If some convenient ransom were propos'd.
Chor. Doubtless the people shouting to behold Theironce great dread,captive and blind before them, Or at some proof of strength before them shown.
Man. His ransom, if my whole inheritance May compass it, shall willingly be paid '477
And number'd down: much rather I shall choose
No, I am fix'd not to part hence without him.
Chor. Fathers are wont to lay up for their sons,
Man. It shall be my delight to tend his eyes, And view him sitting in the house, ennobled 1491
With all those high exploits by him achiev'd,
Useless, and thence ridiculous about him.
Chor. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor seem vain Of his delivery, and the joy thereon 1505
Conceiv'd, agreeable to a father's love,
Man, I know your friendly minds and—O what Mercy of Heav'n,what hideous noisewas that! Horribly loud, unlike the former shout. 1510
Chor. Noise call you it or universal groan, As if the whole inhabitation perish'd! Blood, death, and deathful deeds are in that noise, Ruin, destruction at the utmost point. [noise:
Man. Of ruin indeed methought I heard the Oh it continues, they have slain my son. 1516
Chor, Thy son is rather slaying them, that outcry From slaughter of one foe could not ascend.
Man. Some dismal accident it needs must be; What shall we do, stay here or run and see I 1510
CHOR. Best keep together here,lest running thiWe unawares run into Danger's mouth, [ther
This evil on the Philistines is fall'n;
Mes. O whither shall I run, or which way fly
As at some distance from the place of horror, 1550 So in the sad event too much concern'd.
Ma N . The accident was loud,and here before thee With rueful cry, yet what it was we hear not; No preface needs, thou seest we long to know.
Mes. It would burst forth, but I recover breath And sense distrait, to know well what I utter.
Man. Tell us the sum, the circumstance defer.
Mes. Gaza yet stands, but all her sons arefall'n, All in a moment overwhelm^ and fall n. [deH
Man. Sad, but thou know'st to Israelites not sadThe desolation of a hostile city. 1561
Mes. Feed on that first, there may in grief be
Man. Relate by whom. [surfeit.
Mes. By Samson.
Man . That still lessens
Mes. Ah Manoah, I refrain too suddenly 1565
Man. Suspense in news is torture, speak them
Mes. Take then the worst in brief,Samson is dead.
Man. The worst indeed, O all my hopes defeated To free him hence 1 but Death who sets all free Hath paid his ransome now and full discharge. What windy joy this day had I conceiv'd Hopeful of his deli very, which nowproves 1575 Abortive as the first-born bloom of Spring
Nipt with the lagging rear of Winter's frost!
Mes. Unwoundtd of his enemies he fell, [plain.
Man. Wearied with slaughter then or how ? ejf
Mes. By his own hands.
Man. Self-violence ? what cause
Mes. Inevitable cause
Man. O lastly over-strong against thyself! 1590
Mes. Occasions drew me early to this city, And as the gates I enter'd with sun-rise, The morning trumpets festival proclam'd Through each high-street: little I had dispatch'd, When all abroad was rumor' d that this day 1600 Samson should be brought forth to show the people Proof of his mighty strength in feats and games 5 I sorrow'd at his captive state, but minded