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Of Timna firft betray me, and reveal
The secret wrested from me in her highth
Of nuptial love profess’d, carrying it strait 385
To them who had corrupted her, my spies
And rivals? In this other was there found
More faith, who also in her prime of love,
Spoufal embraces, vitiated with gold,
Though offer'd only, by the scent conceiv'd

Her spurious first-born, treason against me?
Thrice she affay'd with flattering prayers and fighs,
And amorous reproaches, to win from me
My capital secret, in what part my strength
Lay stor’d, in what part fumm'd, that she might know;
Thrice I deluded her, and turn’d to sport
Her importunity, each time perceiving
How openly, and with what impudence,
She purpos’d to betray me, and (which was worse
Than undissembled hate) with what contempt 400
She fought to make me traitor to myself;
Yet the fourth time, when mustering all her wiles,
With blandish'd parlies, feminine assaults,
Tongue-batteries, she surceas’d not day nor night
To storm me over-watch'd, and wearied out,

405 At times when men seek most repose and reft, I yielded, and unlock'd her all my heart, Who with a grain of manhood well resolv'd Might easily have shook off all her snares: But foul effeminacy held me yok'd

410 Her bond-slave; O indignity, O blot To honor and religion ! servile mind 3


Rewarded well with servile punishment !
The base degree to which I now am fall'n,
These rags, this grinding is not yet so base

As was my former servitude, ignoble,
Unmanly, ignominious, infamous,
True llavery, and that blindness worse than this,
That saw not how degenerately I fery'd.
- Man. I cannot praise thy marriage choices, Son,
Rather approv'd them not; but thou didft plead
Divine impulsion prompting how thou might'st
Find fome occasion to infeft our foes.
I ftate not that; this I am sure, our foes
Found foon occafion thereby to make thee 425
Their captive, and their triumph; thou the sooner
Temptation found'ft, or over-potent charms
To violate the sacred trust of filence
Deposited within thee; which to have kept
Tacit, was in thy power: true; and thou bear'tt 430
Enough, and more, the burden of that fault;
Bitterly haft thou paid, and still art paying
That rigid score. A worse thing yet remains,
This day the Philistines a popular feast
Here celebrate in Gaza; and proclame

435 Great pomp, and sacrifice, and praises loud To Dagon, as their God who hath deliver'd Thee, Samson, bound and blind into their hands, Them out of thine, who sew'ft them many a llain. 80 Dagon shall be magnify'd; and God, 440 Besides whom is no God, compar'd with idols, Disglorify'd, blafphem'd, and had in fcorn

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By the idolatrous rout amidst their wine ;
Which to have come to pass by means of thee,
Samson, of all thy sufferings think the heaviest, 445
Of all reproach the most with shame that ever
Could have befall’n thee and thy father's house.

SAMs. Father, I do acknowledge and confess
That I this honor, I this pomp have brought
To Dagon, and advanc'd his praises high 459
Among the Heathen round; to God have brought
Dishonor, obloquy, and op'd the mouths
Of idolifts, and atheists; have brought scandal
To Israel, diffidence of God, and doubt
In feeble hearts, propense enough before 455
To waver, or fall off and join with idols ;
Which is my chief affliction, shame, and sorrow,
The anguish of my soul, that suffers not
Mine eye to harbour sleep, or thoughts to rest.
This only hope relieves me, that the strife 460
With me hath end; all the contést is now
?Twixt God and Dagon; Dagon hath presum’d,
Me overthrown, to enter lists with God,
His deity comparing and preferring
Before the God of Abraham. He, be sure, 465
Will not connive, or linger, thus provok’d,
But will arise and his great name assert :
Dagon must stoop, and shall ere long receive
Such a discomfit, as shall quite despoil him
Of all these boasted trophies won on me,

470 And with confufion blank his worshipers. [words

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I as a prophecy receive; for God,
Nothing more certain, will not long defer
To vindicate the glory of his name

Against all competition, nor will long
Indure it doubtful whether God be Lord,
Or Dagon, But for thee what shall be done?
Thou must not in the mean while here forgot
Lie in this miserable loathsome plight
Neglected. I already have made way
To some Philistian lords, with whom to treat
About thy ransome: well they may by this
Have satisfied their utmost of revenge
By pains and slaveries, worse than death inflicted 485
On thee, who now no more canst do them harm.

Sams. Spare that proposal, Father, spare the trouble Of that solicitation ; let me here, As I deserve, pay on my punishment; And expiate, if possible, my crime,

490 Shameful garrulity. To have reveal'd Secrets of men, the secrets of a friend, How heinous had the fact been, how deserving Contempt, and scorn of all, to be excluded All friendship, and avoided as a blab,

495 The mark of fool set on his front ! But I God's counsel have not kept, his holy secret Presumptuously have publish'd, impiously, Weakly at least, and shamefully: a fin That Gentiles in their parables condemn 500 To their abyfs and horrid pains confin'd. Man, Be penitent and for thy fault contrite,

But act not in thy own affliction, Son:
Repent the fin; but if the punishment
Thou canst avoid, felf-preservation bids;

Or th' 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

510 (Best pleas’d with humble' and filial submission) Him who imploring mercy fues for life, Than who felf-rigorous chooses death as due; Which argues over-just, and self-displeas'd For self-offense, more than for God offended.

515 Reject not then what offer'd means; who knows But God hath set before us, to return thee Home to thy country and his facred house, Where thou maył bring thy offerings, to avert His further ire, with prayers and vows renew'd ? 520

Sams. 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 Heav'n foretold and high exploits, 525 Full of divine instinct, after some proof Of acts indeed heroic, 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

530 On hoftile ground, none daring my affront. Then swoll'n with pride into the snare I fell


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