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Dishonorer of Dagon: what had I
Of wisest men, that to the public good
But had thy love, still odiousty pretended,
And of my nation chose thee from among
By thy request, who could deny thee nothing;
Thy country sought of thee, it sought unjustly,
Dal. In argument with men a woman ever
Sams. For want of words no doubt, or lack of Witness when I was worried with thy peals, (breath;
Dal. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken In what I thought would have succeeded best, Let me obtain forgiveness of thee, Samson, Afford me place to show what recompense gio Towards thee I intend for what I have misdone, Misguided; only what remains past cure Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist T'afflict thyself in vain: though sight be lost, Life yet hath many solaces, enjoy'd 915
Where other fenses want not their delights
At home in leisure and domestic ease,
Exempt from many a care and chance to which
Eye-sight exposes daily men abroad.
I to the lords will intercede, not doubting 920
Their favorable ears, that I may fetch thee
From forth this loathsome prison-house, to abide
With me, where my redoubled love and care
With nursing diligence, to me glad office,
May ever tend about thee to old age 925
With all things grateful chear'd, and so supply'd,
That what by me thou' hast lost thou least shalt miss.
Sams. No, no, of my condition take no care;
To bring my feet again into the snare
Helpless, thence easily contemn'd, and fcorn'd,
When When I must live luxurious to thy will 945
In perfect thraldom, how again betray me,
To thine, whose doors my feet shall never enter.
Dal. Let me approach atleast, and touch thy hand.
Sams. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance My sudden rage to tear thee joint by joint, (wake At distance I forgive thee, go with that; Bewail thy falshood, and the pious works 955 It hath brought forth to make thee memorable Among illustrious women, faithful wives: Cherish thy hasten'd widowhood with the gold Of matrimonial treason: so farewel.
Dal. I see thou art implacable, more deaf 960
For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate?
On both his wings, one black, the other white,
Bears greatest names in his wild aery flight.
My name perhaps among the circumcis'd 975
In Dan, in Judah, and the bordering tribes,
To all posterity may stand defam'd,
With malediction mentioned, and the blot
Of falstiood most unconjugal traducd.
But in my country where I most desire, 980
In Ecron, Gaza, Asdod, and in Gath,
I shall be nam'd among the famousest
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 Sifera fleeping through the temples nail'd.
Nor shall I count it hainous to enjoy 991
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 who ever envies or repines, 995
I leave him to his lot, and like my own.
Chor. 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