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Who tore the lion, as the lion tears the kid,

Ran on imbattel'd armies clad in iron,

And weaponless himself, 130

Made arms ridiculous, useless the forgery

Of brazen shield and spear, the hammer'd cuirass,

Chalybean temper'd steel, and frock of mail

Adamantean proof;

But safest he who stood aloof, 135

When insupportably his foot advanc'd,

In scorn of their proud arms and warlike tools,

Spurn'd them to death by troops. The bold Ascalo

nite Fled from his lion ramp, old warriors turn'd Their plated backs under his heel; 140

Orgrov'iing soil'd their crested helmets in the dust.
Then with what trival weapon came to hand,
The jaw of a dead ass, his sword of bone,
A thousand fore-skins fell, the flower of Palastine,
In Ramath-lechi famous to this day. 145

Then by main force pull'd up, and on his shoulders
The gates of Azza, post, and massy bar, [bore
Up to the hill by Hebron, seat of giants old,
No journey of a sabbath-day, and loaded so;
Like whom the Gentiles feign to bear up Heav'n.
Which shall I first bewail, 151

Thy bon.dage or lost sight,
Prison w thin prison
Inseparably dark?

Thou art become (O worst imprisonment 1) 155
The dungeon of thyself; thy soul [plain)

I Which men enjoying sight oft without cause com

Imprison'd now indeed,
In real darkness of the body dwells,
Shut up from outward light 160

To' incorporate with gloomy night;
For inward light, alas!
Puts forth no visual beam.
O mirror of our fickle state,

Since man on earth unparallel'd! 165

The rarer thy example stands,
By how much from the top of wondrous glory,
Strongest of mortal men,

To lowest pitch of abject fortune thou art fall'ni
For him I reckon not in high estate 70

Whom long descent of birth
Or the sphere of fortune raises;
But thee whose strength, while virtue was her mate,
Might have subdued the earth,
Universally crown'd with highest praises. 175

Sam. I hear the sound of words, their sense the Dissolves unjointed ere it reach my ear. [air

Chor. He speaks, let us draw nigh. Matchless The glory late of Israel, now the grief; [in might, We come thy friends and neighbours not unknown From Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale, 181

To visit or bewail thee, or if better,
Counsel or consolation we may bring,
Salve to thy sores; apt words have power to swage
The tumors of a troubled mind, 185

And are as balm to fester'd wounds.

Sam. Your coming, friends,revives me,forI learn
Now of my own experience, not by talk,
How counterfeit a coin they are who friends
Bear in their superscription, (of the most 190

I would be understood) in prospVous days
They swarm, but in adverse withdraw their head,
Not to be found, though sought. Ye see, O friends,
How many evils have inclos'd me round; 194

Yet that which was the worst now least affli&s me,
Blindness, for had I sight, confus'd with shame,
How could I once look up, or heave the head,
Who like a foolish pilot have shipwrack'd
My vessel trusted to me from above,
Gloriously rigg'd; and for a word, a tear, 200
Fool, have divulg'd the secret gift of God
To a deceitful woman? tell me, friends,
Am I not sung and proverb'd for a fool
In every street? do they not say, how well
Are come upon him his deserts? yet why? 20 y
Immeasurable strength they might behold
In me, of wisdom nothing more than mean;
This with the other should, at least, have pair'd,
These two proportion'd ill drove me transverse. 209

Chor. Tax not divine disposal; wisest men
Have err'd, and by bad women been deceiv'd;
And shall again, pretend they ne'er so wise.
Deject not then so overmuch thyself,
Who hast of sorrow thy full load besides;
Yet truth to say, I oft have heard men wonder 215
Why thou shouldst wed Philistian women rather
Than of thine own tribe fairer, or as fair,
At least of thy own nation, and as noble.

Sam. The first I saw at Timna, and she pleas'd Me, not my parents, that I sought to wed 220

The daughter of an infidel: they knew not
That what I motion'd was of God; I knew
From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd
The marriage on; that by occasion hence
I might begin Israel's deliverance, 225

The work to which I was divinely call'd.
She proving false, the next I took to wife
(O that I never had ! fond wish too late)
Was in the vale of Sorec, Dalila, 229

That specious monster, my accomplish'd snare.
I thought it lawful from my former act,
And the same end; still watching to oppress
Israel's oppressors: of what now I suffer
She was not the prime cause, but I myself,
Who vanquish'd with a peal of words ( O weakness!)
Gave up my fort of silence to a woman. 236

Chor. In seeking just occasion to provoke
The Philistine, thy country's enemy,
Thou never wast remiss, I bear thee witness:
Yet Israel still serves with all his sons. 240

Sam. That fault I take not on me, but transfer On Israel's governors, and heads of tribes, Who seeing those great acts, which God had done Singly by me against their conquerors, . .

Acknowledg' d not, or not at all consider'd 345

Deliverance offer" d: I on the other side

Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds, [doer;

The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the

But they persisted deaf, and would not seem

To count them things worth notice, till at length

Their lords the Philistines with gather'd powers

Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then 251

Safe to the rock of Etham was retir'd,

Not flying, but fore-casting in what place

To set upon them, what advantag'd best: 255

Mean while the men of Judah, to prevent

The harrass of their land, beset me round;

I willingly on some conditions came

Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me

To the uncircumcis' d a welcome prey, 260

Bound with two cords; but cords to me were threds

Touch'd with the flame: on their whole host I flew

Unarm'd, and with a trivial weapon fell'd

Their choicest youth; they only liv'd who fled.

Had Judah that day join'd, or one whole tribe, 265

They had by this possess'd the towers of Gath,

And lorded over them whom they now serve:

But what more oft in nations grown corrupt,

And by their vices brought to servitude,

Than to love bondage more than liberty, 270

Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty;

And to despise, or envy, or suspect

Whom God hath of his special favor raisM

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