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At Ascalon, who never did thee harm, ...
1205 It was the force of conquest ; force with force Is well ejected when the conquer'd can. But I a private person, whom my country As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum’d Single rebellion, and did hostile acts.'
1210 I was no private but a person rais'd With strength sufficient and command from heaven To free my country ; if their servile minds Me their deliverer sent would not receive, But to their masters gave me up for nought, 1215 Th' unworthier they ; whence to this day they serve.
I was to do my part from heav'n assign'd,
HARAPHA. ... ..
1225 To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.
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1222. Who now defies thee 1231. O Baal-zebub!] He is thrice] This was the custom and properly made to invoke Baalthe law of arms to give the chalzebuh, as afterwards to swear by lenge and to sound the trumpet Astaroth, that is, the deities of thrice. In allusion to the same the Philistines and neighbouring practice Edgar appears to fight nations, of whom we have said with the Bastard by the third something in the notes on the sound of the trumpet, Lear, act v. Paradise Lost, and the learned SC. 7.
reader may see more in Selden.
1248. Though fame divulge him very well known: and the other &c.] So it plainly should be as four are mentioned 2 Sam. xxi. Milton himself corrected it, and 15-22. These four were born to not divulged as it is in all the edi. the giunt or to Harapha ir Gath, tions. Father of five sons &c. and fell by the hand of David, The story of Goliath of Gath is and by the hand of his servants.
Much more affliction than already felt
1265 Is hate, not help to me, it may with mine Draw their own ruin who attempt the deed.
CHORUS. 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 boistrous force of violent men Hardy and industrious to support Tyrannic pow'r, but raging to pursue The righteous, and all such as honour truth ; He all their ammunition And feats of war defeats With plain heroic magnitude of mind And celestial vigour arm’d,
: 1280 Their armories and magazines contemns, Renders them useless, while
1268. Oh how comely it is, &c.] of reflecting on the recent blessI am of opinion, that Milton, in ings of the restoration. Comthis chorus, is writing a pane- pare his Sonnet to Cromwell, gyric on the memory of Crom. T. Warton, well and his deliverance, instead
With winged expedition
But patience is more oft the exercise
1290 That tyranny or fortune can inflict. Either of these is in thy lot, Samson, with might indued Above the sons of men; but sight bereav'd May chance to number thee with those
1295 Whom patience finally must crown.
This idol's day hath been to thee no day of rest,
1305 A public officer, and now at hand. His message will be short and voluble.
1285. His errand] See the “ quaint habits breed astonishnote, Par. Lost, b. iii. 652. E. “ment.” Compare note on Ar
1303. — quaint staff) Strange, cades, 47. T. Warlon. unusual, as in Comus, 157. “ my