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1309. -remark him,] Dis- sc. 1. vol. ix. p. 29. Jonson's tinguish him, point him out. Cynth. Rev. a. iv. s. 6. and ShakeRichardson.
speare, K. Richard II. a. v. s. 2. 1312. With sacrifices, triumph, Midnight Dream, a. i. s. 1. Third pomp, and games;] Triumph was . Part K. Henry VI. a. v. s. 7. used for shews, such as masks, and this is the precise meaning revels, &c. See Burton's Ana- of Falstaffe's humour to Bartomie of Melancholie, Pref. p. 3. dolph,“ O, thou art a perpetual Bacon has an essay Of Masques triumph, &c.” First P. Henry IV. and Triumphs. Ess. xxxvii. See a. iii. s. 3. Pomp also had a also his Essay Of Buildings, Ess. technical sense in the ancient xlv, where he would have a room masques, introduced perhaps by “ for a preparing place at times Jonson, for retinue, train, &c. “ of triumphes." And Bishop See note on P. L. viii. 60. T. Fysher's funeral sermon on Mar. Warton. garet Countess of Richmond, ed. 1313. -surpassing human rate,] Baker, 1708. p. 29. And in this In the first edition it was printed sense we are to interpret Drayton, race, but in the table of Errata vol. i. p. 331. And Beaumont we are desired to read rate. and Fletcher's Coronation, act ii.
, Officer. My message was impos'd on me with speed, Brooks no delay: is this thy resolution?
1925. mummers, mimics,] It mirs? The table of Errata to was printed mummers, mimirs; the first edition hath set us right, mummers are maskers according instructing us to read mimics, but to Junius, Skinner, and the other not one of the editions has foletymologists; but what are mi- lowed it..
SAMSON. Shall I abuse this consecrated gift Of strength, again returning with my hair 1355 After my great transgression, so requite Favour renew'd, and add a greater sin By prostituting holy things to idols ; A Nazarite in place abominable Vaunting my strength in honour to their Dagon ? 1360 Besides how vile, contemptible, ridiculous, What act more execrably unclean, profane?
1347. Perhaps thou shalt have such hints as cannot be perfectly cause to sorrow indeed.] Here comprehended, till they are fully the catastrophe is anticipated, as explained by the event. The before, ver. 1266.
speaker himself can only be sup-it may with mine
posed to have some general Draw their own ruin who attempt meaning, and not a distinct conthe deed.
ception of all the particulars, And such anticipations are usual somewhat like the high priest in with the best dramatic writers, the Gospel, who prophesied withwho knowing their own plan out his knowing it. open it by degrees, and drop
CHORUS. Yet with this strength thou serv'st the Philistines, Idolatrous, uncircumcis’d, unclean.
Samson. Not in their idol-worship, but by labour 1365 Honest and lawful to deserve my food Of those who have me in their civil power.
CHORUS. Where the heart joins not, outward acts defile not.
SAMSON. Where outward force constrains, the sentence holds. But who constrains me to the temple of Dagon, 1370 Not dragging? the Philistian lords command. Commands are no constraints. If I obey them, I do it freely, vent ring to displease God for the fear of man, and man prefer, Set God behind: which in his jealousy
1375 Shall never, unrepented, find forgiveness. Yet that he may dispense with me or thee Present in temples at idolatrous rites For some important cause, thou need'st not doubt.
* 1377. Yet that he may dispense of this sort from Elisha, which &c.] Milton here probably had he seemingly grants him. See in view the story of Naaman the 2 Kings v. 18, 19. Thyer. Syrian's begging a dispensation 1384. I with this messenger will
Nothing to do, be sure, that may dishonour 1385
SAMSON. I could be well content to try their art, Which to no few of them would prove pernicious. 1400 Yet knowing their advantages too many, Because they shall not trail me through their streets Like a wild beast, I am content to go. Masters' commands come with a pow'r resistless
go along,] With what messen, hardly a sufficient intimation to ger? It was not expressly said a blind man, unless we suppose before that the messenger was him to know that the messenger coming : it was implied indeed was coming by the same impulse in what the Chorus had said, that he felt rousing him to some
thing extraordinary. How thou wilt here come off sur.
1404. Masters' commands &c.) mounts my reach :
This was a feint, but it had beand this might very well be un- trayed itself had it not been coderstood by a man, who could vered by ver. 1408. see the messenger coming as
Yet this be sure &c. well as the Chorus, but seems