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For inward light alas

Puts forth no visual beam.

O mirror of our fickle state,

Since man on earth unparrallel d! 165

The. rarer thy example stands,

By how much from the top of wondrous glory,

Strongest of mortal men,

To lowest pitch of abject fortune thou art fall'n.

For him I reckon not in high estate 170

Whom long descent of birth

Or the sphere of fortune raises;

But thee whose strength, while virtue washer mate,

Might have fubdu'd the earth,

Universally crown'd with highest praises. 175

Sams. I hear the found of words, their fense the Dissolves unjointed ere it reach my ear. (air

Chor. He speaks, let us draw nigh. Matchless in The glory late of Israel, now the grief; (might, We come thy friends and neighbours not unknown From Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale 181

To visit or bewail thee, or if better,
Counsel or consolation we may bring,
Salve to thy sores; apt words have pow'r to swage
The tumors of a troubled mind, 185

And are as balm to fester'd wounds.

Sams. Your coming, Friends, revives me, for I Now of my own experience, not by talk, (learn How counterfeit a coin they are who friends

O Bear Bear in their superscription, (of the most igo

I would be understood) inprosp'rous days

They swarm, but in adverse withdraw their head,

Not to be sound, though sought. Ye see, O Friends,

How many evils have inclos'd me round; 194

Yet that which was the worst now least afflicts me,

Blindness, for had I sight, confus'd with shame,

How could I once look up, or heave the head,

Who like a foolish pilot have shipwreck'd

My vessel trusted to me from above,

Glorioufly rigg'd; and for a word, a tear, 200

Fool, have divulg'd the secret gift of God

To a deceitful woman? tell me, Friends,

Am I not fung and proverb'd for a fool

In every street? do they not fay, how well

Are come upon him his deserts ? yet why? 205

Immeasurable strength they might behold

In me, of wisdom nothing more than mean;

This with the other should, at least, have pair'd,

These two proportion'd ill drove me transverse.

Chor. Tax not divine disposal; wisest men 210 Have err'd, and by bad women been deceiv'd; And shall again, pretend they ne'er so wise. Deject not then so overmuch thyself, Who hast of sorrow thy full load besides; Yet truth to fay, I oft have heard men wonder 215 Why thou shouldst wed Philistian women rather Than of thine own tribe fairer, or as fair,

At At least of thy own nation, and as noble.

Sams. The first I saw at Timna, and she pleas'd Me, not my parents, that I sought to wed 220

The daughter of an infidel: they knew not
That what I motion'd was of God; I knew
From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd
The marriage on; that by occasion hence
I might begin Israel's deliverance, 225

The work to which I was divinely call'd.
She proving false, the next I took to wife
(O that I never had! fond wish too late,)
Was in the vale of Sorec, Dalila,
That specious monster, my accomplifh'd snare. 230
I thought it lawful from my former act,
And the fame end; still watching to oppress
Israel's oppressors: of what now I suffer
She was not the prime cause, but I myself,
Who vanquish'd with a peal of words (O weakness!)
Gave up my fort of silence to a woman. 235

Chor. In seeking just occasion to provoke
The Philistine, thy country's enemy,
Thou never wast remiss, I bear thee witness:
Yet Israel still serves with all his sons. 240

Sams. That fault I take not on me, but transfer On Israel's governors, and heads of tribes, Who seeing those great acts, which God had done Singly by me against their conquerors, Acknowledg'd not, or not at all consider'd 245

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Deliverance offer'd: I on th' other side

Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds, (doer;

The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the

But they persisted deaf, and would not seem 249

To count them things worth notice, till at length

Their lords the Philistines with gather'd pow'rs

Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then

Safe to the rock of Etham was retir'd,

Not flying, but fore-casting in what place

To set upon them, what advantag'd best: 255

Mean while the men of Judah, to prevent

The harrass of their land, beset me round;

I willingly on some conditions came

Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me

To the uncircumcis'd a welcome prey, 260

Bound with two cords; but cords to me were threads

Touch'd with the flame: on their whole host I flew

Unarm'd, and with a trivial weapon fell'd

Their choicest youth; they only liv'd who fled.

Had Judah that day join'd,or one whole tribe, 265

They had by this postefs'd the tow'rs of Gath,

And lorded over them whom now they serve:

But what more oft in nations grown corrupt,

And by their vices brought to servitude,

Than to love bondage more than liberty, 270

Bondage with ease than strenuous liberty;

And to despise, or envy, or suspect

Whom God hath of his special favor rais'd

As As their deliverer; if he ought begin,

How frequent to desert him, and at last 275

To heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds?

Chor. Thy words to my remembrance bring
How Succoth and the fort of Penuel
Their great deliverer contemn'd,
To matchless Gideon in pursuit 280

Of Madian and her vanquish'd kings:
And how ingrateful Ephraim
Had dealt with Jephtha, who by argument,
Not worse than by his shield and spear,
Defended Israel from the Ammonite, 285

Had not his prowess quell'd their pride
In that fore battel, when so many dy'd
Without reprieve adjudg'd to death,
For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.

Sams. Of such examples add me to the roll, 2go
Me easily indeed mine may neglect,
But God's propos'd deliverance not so..

Chor. Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to men;

Unless there be who think not God at all: 295
If any be, they walk obscure;
For of such doctrin never was their school,
But the heart of the fool,
And no man therein doctor but himself.

Yet more there be who doubt his ways not just, As to his own edicts found contradicting, 301


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