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The fumptuous Dalila floting this way:
Sams. Or peace or not, alike to me he comes.
HAR. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance,
1080 That Kiriathaim held, thou know't me now If thou at all art known. Much I have heard Of thy prodigious might and feats perform'd Incredible to me, in this displeas’d, That I was never present on the place
1085 Of those encounters, where we might have try'd Each other's force in camp or lifted field; And now am come to see of whom such noise Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey, If thy appearance answer loud report.
1999 Sams. The way to know were not to see but taste.
Har. Dost thou already single me? I thought Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam'd To' have wrought such wonders with an afs's jaw; 1095 I should have forc'd thee foon with other arms, Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory of prowess been recover'd To Palestine, won by a Philistine, From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear'ft 1100 The highest name for valiant acts; that honor
Certain to' have won by mortal duel from thee,
[do SAMs. Boaft not of what thou wouldt have done, but What then thou wouldst, thou seeft it in thy hand.
Har. To combat with a blind man I disdain, And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd.
Sams. Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me' assassinated and betray'd, Who durft not with their whole united powers In fight withstand me single and unarm’d, Nor in the house with chamber ambushes Close-banded durft attack me, no not fleeping Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. 1115 Therefore without feign'd shifts let be affign'd Some narrow place inclos'd, where fight may give thee, Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, 1120 Vant-brass and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear, A weaver's beam, and feven-times-folded shield, I only with an oaken staff will meet thee, And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron,
Which long shall not withhold me from thy head, 1125 That in a little time while breath remains thee, Thou oft shalt with thyself at Gath to boast Again in safety what thou wouldst have done To Samson, but falt never fee Gath more.
Har. Thou durft not thus disparage glorious arms, Which greatest heroes have in battle worn,
Their ornament and safety, had not spells
Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts ; My trust is in the living God, who gave me
114 At my nativity this strength, diffus'd No less through all my finews, joints, and bones, Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unfhorn, The pledge of my unviolated vow. For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy God,
1145 Go to his temple, invocate his aid With solemnest devotion, spread before him How highly it concerns his glory now To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells, Which I to be the power of Israel's God 1150 Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Offering to combat thee his champion bold, With th' utmost of his Godhead seconded: Then thou thalt see, or rather to thy forrow Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine. 1155
Har. Presume not on thy God, whate’er he be Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off Quite from his people, and deliver'd up Into thy enemies' hand, permitted them To put out both thine eyes, and fetter'd send thee
Into the common prison, there to grind
1165 Of noble warrior, so to stain his honor, But by the barber's razor best subdued.
Sams. All these indignities, for such they are
Har. Fair honor that thou dost thy God, in trusting
1180 Sams. Tongue-doughty Giant, how doft thou prove
Went up with armed powers thee only seeking, 1190
Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines
1205 It was the force of conqueft; force with force Is well ejected when the conquer'd can. But I a private person, whom my country As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum'd Single rebellion, and did hostile acts. I was no private but a person rais’d With strength sufficient and command from Heaven To free my country; if their servile minds Me their deliverer sent 'would not receive, But to their masters gave me up for nought, 1215 Th’unworthier they; whence to this day they serve. I was to do my part from Heav'n aflign’d, And had perform'd it, if my known offense Had not disabled me, not all your force :