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God's counsel have not kept, his holy secret
Presumptuously have publish'd, impiously,
Weakly at least, and shamefully; a sin
That Gentiles in their parables condemn
To their abyss and horrid pains confin'd.

Manoah. Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite;
But act not in thy own affliction, Son:
Repent the sin; but, if the punishment'
Thou canst avoid, self-preservation bids ; i .
Or the execution leave to high disposal,
And let another hand, not thine, exact .
Thy penal forfeit from thyself: perhaps.
God will relent, and quit thee all his debt; ,
Who ever more approves, and more accepts,
(Best pleas'd with humble and filial submission,),
Him, who imploring mercy, sues for life,
Than who, self-rigorous, chooses death as due; "
Which argues over-just, and self-displeas'd ..
For self-offence, more than for God offended.
Reject not then what offer'd means, who knows :
But God hath set before us, to return thee
Home to thy country and his sacred house,
Where thou mayst bring thy offerings, to avert
His further ire, with prayers and vows renew'd ? :

Samson. His pardon I implore; but as for life, To what end should I seek it? when in strength All mortals I excell’d, and great in hopes With youthful courage, and magnanimous thoughts

Of birth from Heaven foretold, and high exploits,
Full of divine instinct, after some proof
Of acts indeed heroick, far beyond ;
The sons of Anak, famous now and blaz’d,
Fearless of danger, like a petty God.
I walk'd about admir'd of all and dreaded
On hostile ground, none daring my affront.
Then swollen with pride into the snare I fell
Of fair fallacious looks, venereal trains,
Soften’d with pleasure and voluptuous life;
At length to lay my head and hallow'd pledge .
Of all my strength in the lascivious lap
Of a deceitful concubine, who shore me
Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece,
Then turn’d me out ridiculous, despoild,
Shaven, and disarm’d among mine enemies.

Chorus. Desire of wine and all delicious drinks,
Which many a famous warriour overturns,
Thou couldst repress; nor did the dancing ruby
Sparkling, out-pour'd, the flavour, or the smell,
Or taste that cheers the heart of Gods and Men,,
Allure thee from the cool crystalline stream.
Samson. Wherever fountain or fresh current

flow'd
Against the eastern ray, translucent, pure
With touch ethereal of Heaven's fiery rod,,,
I drank, from the clear milky juice allaying
Thirst, and refresh'd: nor envied them the grape

God's counsel have not kept, his holy secret
Presumptuously have publish'd, impiously,
Weakly at least, and shamefully; a sin
That Gentiles in their parables condemn
To their abyss and horrid pains confin'd.

Manoah. Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite;
But act not in thy own affliction, Son:
Repent the sin; but, if the punishment
Thou canst avoid, self-preservation bids ; .
Or the execution leave to high disposal,
And let another hand, not thine, exact
Thy penal forfeit from thyself: perhaps
God will relent, and quit thee all his debt; .
Who ever more approves, and more accepts, i
(Best pleas'd with humble and filial submission)
Him, who imploring mercy, sues for life,
Than who, self-rigorous, chooses death as due; !
Which argues over-just, and self-displeas'd ...
For self-offence, more than for God offended.
Reject not then what offerd means, who knows :
But God hath set before us, to return thee
Home to thy country and his sacred house,
Where thou mayst bring thy offerings, to avert:
His further ire, with prayers and vows renew'd ?

Samson. His pardon I implore; but as for life, To what end should I seek it? when in strength : All mortals I excell'd, and great in hopes With youthful courage, and magnanimous thoughts

Of birth from Heaven foretold, and high exploits, .
Full of divine instinct, after some proof
Of acts indeed heroick, far beyond. ;
The sons of Anak, famous now and blaz’d,
Fearless of danger, like a petty God
I walk'd about admir'd of all and dreaded
On hostile ground, none daring my affront.
Then swollen with pride into the snare I fell
Of fair fallacious looks, venereal trains,
Soften’d with pleasure and voluptuous life;
At length to lay my head and hallow'd pledge
Of all my strength in the lascivious lap
Of a deceitful concubine, who shore me
Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece,
Then turn’d me out ridiculous, despoild, ..
Shaven, and disarm'd among mine enemies.

Chorus. Desire of wine and all delicious drinks,
Which many a famous warriour overturns,
Thou couldst repress; nor did the dancing ruby
Sparkling, out-pour'd, the flavour, or the smell,
Or taste that cheers the heart of Gods and Men,
Allure thee from the cool crystalline stream.
Samson. Wherever fountain or fresh current

flow'd Against the eastern ray, translucent, pure With touch ethereal of Heaven's fiery rod, I drank, from the clear milky juice allaying . Thirst, and refresh’d: nor envied them the grape

Whose heads that turbulent liquor fills with fumes. Chorus. O madness, to think use of strongest

wines And strongest drinks our chief support of health, When God with these forbidd’n made choice to

rear His mighty champion, strong above compare, Whose drink was only from the liquid brook. Samson. But what avail'd this temperance, not

complete
Against another object more enticing?
What boots it at one gate to make defence,
And at another to let in the foe,
Effeminately vanquish'd? by which means,
Now blind, dishearten'd, sham’d, dishonour'd,

quell'd,
To what can I be useful, wherein serve
My nation, and the work from Heaven impos'd,
But to sit idle on the houshold hearth,
A burdenous drone; to visitants a gaze,
Or pitied object, these redundant locks
Robustious to no purpose clustering down,
Vain monument of strength; till length of years
And sedentary numness craze my limbs
To a contemptible old age obscure ?
Here rather let me drudge, and earn my bread;
Till vermin, or the draff of servile food,
Consume me, and oft-invocated death

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