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In vain thou striv'st to cover shame with shame, Or by evasions thy crime uncover'st more.
Dal. Since thou determin'st weakness for no p!et
Dishonorer of Dagon: what had I
By thy request, who could deny thee nothing,
Less therefore to be pleas'd, obey'd, or fear'd. 909 These false pretext and varnish'd colors failing, Bare in thy guilt how foul must thou appear? Dai.. In argument with men a woman ever Goes by the worse, whatever be her cause.
Sam. For want of words no doubt, or lack of breath, Witness when I was worried with thy peals,
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 910 Tow'rds thee I intend for what I have misdone, Misguided; only what remains past cure Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist To afflict thyself in vain: though sight be lost, Life yet hath many solaces enjoy'd Where other senses want not their delights At home in leisure and domestic case, 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 favourable ear, 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 With all things grateful cheer'd, and so supply'd, That what by me thou hast lost thou least shalt mist Sam. No, no, of my condition take no care;
t fits not; thou and I long since are twain:
Nor think me so unwary or accurs'd, 930
To bring my feet again into the snare
Where once I have been caught; I know thy trams
Though dearly to my cost, thy gins and toils;
Thy fair inchanted cup, and warbling charms
No more on me have power, their force is null'd.
So much of adder's wisdom I have learn'd
To fence my ear against thy sorceries.
If in my flower of youth and strength, when all men
Lov'd, honour'd, fear'dme, thou alone couldsthate
To thine, whose doors my feet shall never enter.
MILTON VOL. 111. K.
Cherish thy hasten'd widowhood with the gold
Of matrimonial treason: so farewel.
Dal. I see thou art implacable, more deaf 960
To prayers than winds and seas, yet winds to seal
Are reconcil'dat length, and sea to shore:
Thy anger unappeasable, still rages,
Eternal tempest never to be calm'd.
•Why do I humble thus myself, and suing
For peace, reap nothing but repulse and hate?
Bid go with evil omen and the brand .
Of infamy upon my name denounc'd?
To mix with thy concernments I desist
Henceforth, nor too much disapprove my own.
Fame, if not double fae'd is double mouth'd, 9*71
"And with contrary blast proclaims most deeds; On both his wings, one black, the other white,
Bears greatest names in his wild aery flight.
My name perhaps among the circumcis'd
In Dan, in Jtidah, and the bordering tribes,
To all posterity may stand defam'd,
With malediction mention'd, and the blot
Of falshood most unconjugal tradue'd.
But in my country where I most desire, 980
In Ecron, Gava, Ashdod, and in Gath,
I shall be nam'd among the famousest
Of women, sung at solemn festivals,
Livinf and dead recorded, who to save
Her countrv from a fierce destroyer, chose
Above the faith of wedlock bands, my tomb
With odors visited and annual flowers;