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I shall be nam’d among the famouseft
Of women, sung at solemn festivals,
Living and dead recorded, who, to save
Her country from a fierce destroyer, chose 985
Above the faith of wedlock-bands, my tomb
With odors visited and annual flowers;
Not less renown'd than in mount Ephraim
Jael, who with inhospitable guile
Smote Sisera sleeping through the temples nail'd. 990
Nor shall I count it hainous to enjoy
The public marks of honor and reward,
Conferr'd

upon me, for the piety Which to my country I was judg’d to have shown. At this whoever envies or repines,

995 I leave him to his lot, and like my own.

Cho. She's gone, a manifest serpent by her sting Discover'd in the end, till now conceal'd.

Sams. So let her go, God sent her to debase me, And aggravate my folly, who committed

1000 To such a viper his most facred trust Of secrefy, my safety, and my life.

Cho. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath ftrange After offense returning, to regain

[power, Love once possess’d, nor can be easily

1005 Repuls'd, without much inward passion felt And secret fting of amorous remorse.

SAMs. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end, Not wedlock-treachery indangering life.

Cho. It is not virtue, wisdom, valor, wit, Strength, comeliness of shape, or ampleft merit

That

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That woman's love can win or long inherit;
But what it is, hard is to say,
Harder to hit,
(Which way foever men refer it)
Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day
Or seven, though one should musing fit.
If
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of these or all, the Timnian bride
Had not fo foon preferr'd
Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar'd,
Successor in thy bed,
Nor both fo loofly disally'd
Their nuptials, nor this laft fo treacherously
Had fhorn the fatal harveft of thy head.
Is it for that such outward ornament
Was lavish'd on their fex, that inward gifts
Were left for haste unfinish'd, judgment scant,
Capacity not rais'd to apprehend
Or value what is best
In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong?
Or was too much of felf-love mix'd,
Of constancy no root infix'd,
That either they love nothing, or not long?

Whate'er it be, to wiseft men and best
Seeming at firft all heav'nly under virgin veil,
Soft, modeft, meek, demure,
Once join'd, the contrary she proves, a thorn
Intestin, far within defensive arms
A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue
Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms
Draws him awry inflav'd

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With dotage, and his sense deprav'd
To folly' and shameful deeds which ruin ends.
What pilot so expert but needs must wreck
Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helm ? 1045

Favor'd of Heav'n who finds
One virtuous rarely found,
That in domestic good combines :
Happy that house ! his way to peace is smooth :
But virtue, which breaks through all opposition, 1050
And all temptation can remove,
Most shines and most is acceptable above.

Therefore God's universal law Gave to the man despotic power Over his female in due awe,

1055 Nor from that right to part an hour, Smile she or lour: So shall he least confusion draw On his whole life, not fway'd By female ufurpation, or dismay'd.

1060 But had we best retire, I see a storm?

Sams. Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain. Cho. But this another kind of tempeft brings. Sams. Be less abftrufe, my riddling days are pait.

Cho. Look now for no inchanting voice, nor fear The bait of honied words; a rougher tongue 1066 Draws hitherward, I know him by his stride, The giant Harapha of Gath, his look Haughty as is his pile high-built and proud. Comes he in peace? what wind hath blown him hither I less conjecture than when first I saw

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