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The image if thy strength, and mighty minister.
But who is this? what thing of sea or land?
Of Tarsus, bound for the isles
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
Sanu. My wife! my traitress: let her not come near me.
Chor. Yet on she moves, now stands and eyes
About to have spoke; but now, with head declined,
Dal. With doubtful feet n nd wavering resolution
No way assured. But conjugal affection,
Sams. Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted
And arts of every woman false like thee, J
That wisest and best men, full oft beguiled,
Dal. Yet hear me, Samson; not that I ende>
To lessen or extenuate my offence,
Ere I to l\>ce, thou to thyself wast eruel.
As her at Timna, sought by all means therefore
Vet always pity or pardon hath obtained.
£>nu. How cunningly the sorceress displays
To raise in me inexpiable hate,
Dal. Since thou determin'st weakness for no plea
And princes of my country came in person,
Sams. I thought where all thy circling wiles
In feigned religion, smooth hypoerisy!
Far other reasonings, brought forth other deeds.
Dal. In argument with men a woman ever
Sams. For want of words no doubt, or lack of
breath; Witness when I was worried with thy peals.
Dal. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken In what I thought would have suceeeded best. Let me obtain forgiveness of thee, Samson; Afford me place to show what reconjliense Towards thee I intend for what I have misdone, Misguided; only what remains past cure Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist To afflict thyself in vain: though sight be lost, Life yet hath many solaces, enjoyed Where other senses want not their delights At home in leisure and domestic ease, Exempt from many a care and chance, to which Eyesight exposes daily men abroad. I to the lords will intercede, not doubting Their favourable ear, that I may feteh thee From forth this loathsome prison-house, to alnde With me, where my redoubled love and care With nursing diligence, to me glad office, May ever tend about thee to old age, With all things grateful cheered, and so tupphed
That v,:, r. !:.> me thou host loet thou least shall miss.
Sam's. No, no; of my condition take no care; It ilts not; i In Mi and I long since are twain: Nor think me so unwary or aceursed, To bring my feet again into the snare Where once I have been caught: 1 know thy trains, Though dearly to my cost, thy gins, and toils; Thy fair enchanted cup, and warbling charms, No more on me have power; their force is nulled; So much of adder's wisdom I have learned, To fence my car against thy sorceries. If in my flower of youth and strength, when all
men Loved, honoured, feared me, thou alone could'st
Thy husband, slight me, sell me, and forego me;
Dal. Let me approach at least and touch thy hand.
Sana. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance
My sudden rage to tear thee joint by joint.
lial.. \ see thou art implacable, more deaf
In Eeron, Gaza, Asdod, and in Gath,
I shall be named among the fomousest
Of women, sung at solemn festivals.
Living and drad recorded, who, to save
Her country from a fierce destroyer, chose
Above the faith of wedlock bands; my tomb
With odours visited and annual flowers;
Not less renowned than in mount Ephraim
Jael, who with inhospitable guile
Smote Sisera sleeping, through the temples nnilej
Nor shall I count it heinous to enjoy
The public marks of honour and reward,
Conferred upon me for the piety
Which to my country I was judged to have shown
At this whoever envies or repines,
I leave him to his lot, and like my own. [K.rtt.,
Char. She's gone, a, manifest serpent by her sli r.^ Discovered in the end till now concealed.
Sams. So let her go; God sent her to tlebsac me, And aggravate my folly, who committed To such a viper his most seeret trust Of seerecy, my safety, and my life.
Char. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strnr:gu
After offence returning, to regain
Sains. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing cor.cord cud, Not wedlock treachery endangering life.
Char. It is not virtue, wisdom, valour, wit.
|fWhich.way soever men refer it,)
A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue
Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms
Draws him awry enslaved
With dotage, and hi s Bense depraved
To fully, and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
What pilot Bo expert but needs must wreck,
Emliarki >f with such a steer's-mate at the helm?
Favoured of Heaven, who finds
Therefore God's universal law
But had we best retire? I see a storm.
Sams. Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain.
CHor. But tliis another kind of tempest brings.
Sams. Be less obstruse, my riddling days are pant.
Char. Look now for no enchanting voice, nor
The bait of honied words; a rougher tongue
I less conjecture than when first I saw
Sams. Or peace or not, alike to me he comes.
Char. II is fraught we soon shall know, he now arrives.
liar. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance, As these perhaps, yrt wish it had not been, Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath; Men call me Harapha, of stock renowned As Og, or Anak, and the Emimsold That Kiriathaim held; thou knowest me now, If thou at all art known. Much I have heard Of thy prodigious might and feats performed, I nerwlible to rne, in this displeased, Thai I was never present on the place Of those encounters, where we might have tried Each other's foree in camp or listed field; And now am come to see of whom such noise Hath walked about, and each limb to survey, .f thv appearance answer loud report.
Sams. The way to know were not to see, but taste.
Har. Dost thou already single me? I thought Gyves and the mill had tamed thec. O that fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art famed To have wrought such wonders with im Usd's jaw! I should have foreed thee soon with other arms, Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory of prowess been recovered To Palestine, won Vy a Philistine, From the unforeskinned race, of whom thou bearest The highest name for valiant acts; that honour, Certain to have won by mortal duel from thee, I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.
Sanu. Boast not of what thou would'st havo
done, but do What then thou would'st; thou secst it in thy hand.
Hot. To combat with a blind man I disdain, And thou hast need much washing to be touched.
Sams. Such usage as your honourable lords, Afford me, assassinated and betrayed, Who durst not with their whole unite!! powers In fight withstand me single and unarmed, Nor in the house with chamber-ambushes Close-banded durst attack me, no, not meeping, - Till they had hired a woman with tlu-ir gold Breaking her marriage faith to cireumvent me. i Therefore, without feigned shirts, let be assigned Some narrow place enclosed, where sight may give
Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet And brigandine of brass, thy broad haliergeon, Vanthrass and greaves, and gauntlet, add thy
A weavers beam, and seven-times folded shield;
Har. Thou durst not thus disparage glorious
Which greatest heroes have in battle worn,
from Heaven •
Feigned'st at thy birth was given thoe in thy hair Where strength can least abide, though all thy
Were bristles ranged like those that ri dgc the back Of chafed wild boars, or rullled poreupine?
Sams. I know no spells, use no forbi>Ken arts, My trual is in the living God, who gave me At my nativity this strength, diffused No less througn all my sinews, jomte ar.d bones. That thine, while I preserved these locks unshorn,
The pledge of my unviolated vow.
For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy god,
Go to his temple, invocate his aid
With solemnest devotion, spread before him
How highly it concerns liis glory now
To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells,
Which I to be the power of Israel's God
Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test,
Offering to combat thee his champion bold,
With the utmost of his godhead seconded:
Then thou shalt see, or rather, to thy sorrow,
Soon feel, whose god is strongest, thine or mine.
Har. Presume not on thy God, whate'er he be: Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off Quite from this people, and delivered up Into thy enemies' hand, permitted them To put out both thine eyes, and fettered send thee Into the common prison, there to grind Among the slaves and asses thy comrades, As good for nothing else; no better service With those thy boisterous locks, no worthy mateh For valour to assail, nor by the sword Of noble warrior, so to stain his honour, But by the barber's razor best subdued.
Sams. All these indignities, for such they are From thine, these evils I deserve, and more, Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to readmit the suppliant: In confidence whereof I once again Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight, By combat to decide whose god is God, Thine, or whom I with Israel's sons adore.
Har. Fair honour that thou dost thy God, in
He will aecept thee to defend his cause,
Sa-ms. Tongue-doughty giant, how dost thou prove me these?
Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords? Their magistrates confessed it when they took thee As a league breaker, and delivered bound Into our hands: for hadst thou not committed Notorious murder on those thirty men At Ascalon, who never did thee harm, Then like a robber stripped'st them of their robesl The Philistines, when thou hadst broke the league, Went up with armed powers thee only seeking, To others did no violence or spoil.
Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines I chose a wife, which argued me no foe; And in your city held my nuptial feast: But your ill meaning politician lords, Under pretence of bridal friends and guests, Appomted to await me thirty spies, Who, threatening eruel death, constrained the bride
To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret,
That solved the riddle which I had proposed.
When I pereeived all set on enmity,
As on my enemies, wherever chanced,
I used hostility, and took their spoil,
To pay my underminers in their coin.
My nation was subjected to your lords*
It was the foree of conquest: foree with foree
Is well ejected when the conquered can.
But I, a private person, whom my country
As a league bearer gave up bound, presumed
Single rebellion, and did hostile acts.
I was no private, but a person raised
With strength sufficient, and command from Hem
To free my country: if their servile minds
I was to do my part from Heaven assigned,
Who now defies thee thrice to single fight,
Har. With thee! a man condemned, a slave enrolled.
Due by the law to capital punishment!
Sams. Cam'st thou for this, vain Boaster, to sot
To descant on my strength, and give thy verdiet 1 Come nearer; part not hence so slight informed; But take good heed my hand survey not thee.
Har. O Basl-zebub! can my ears unused Hear these dishonours, and not render death?
Sams. No man withholds thee, nothing from thj
Fear I incurable; bring up thy van,
Har. This insolence other kind of answer fits.
Sams. Go, baffled coward! lest I run upon thee, Though in these chains, bulk without spirit vast, And with one buffet lay thy structure low, Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee down To the hazard of thj brains and shattered sides.
Har. By Astaroth, ere long thou shalt lament These braveries, in irons loaden on thee. \Exit.\
Chor. His giantship is gone somewhat cmt
Stalking with less unconscionable strides,
Sams. I dread him not, nor all his giant brood.
Char. He will directly to the lords, I fear.