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When I must live luxurious to thy will
945 In perfect thraldom, how again betray me, Bearing my words and doings to the lords To gloss upon, and censuring, frown or smile? This jail I count the house of liberty 999 To thine, whose doors my feet shall never enter.
Dal. Let me approach at least, 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 falfhood, 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 To pray’rs, than winds and seas, yet winds to seas Are reconcil'd at 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 965 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. 970
Fame if not double-fac'd is double-mouth’d, . And with contrary blast proclames most deeds; ..
On both his wings, one black, the other white,
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
To such a viper his most fared trust
Chor. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange
Sams. Love-quarrels oft in pleasing concord end, Not wedlock-treachery indang’ring life.
Chor. It is not virtue, wisdom, valor, wit, 1010 Strength, comeliness of shape, or amplest merit 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)
1015 Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day Or sev’n, though one should musing sit.
If any of these or all, the Timnian bride Had not so soon preferr’d Thy paranymph, worthless to thee compar’d, 1020 Successor in thy bed, Nor both so loosly disally'd Their nuptials, nor this last so treacheroụsly Had shorn the fatal harvest of thy head. Is it for that such outward ornament 1025 Was lavish'd on their sex, that inward gifts •Were left for hafte unfinish’d, judgment scant, Capacity not rais’d to apprehend
Or value what is best
Whate'er it be, to wisest men and best
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, And all temptation can remove,
1051 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:
Chor. 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? whatwind hath blown him hither I less conjecture than when first I saw 1071 The sumptuous Dalila floting this way: His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.
Sams. Or peace, or not, alike to me he comes. Cho.His fraughtwesoon shall know, he now arrives.
Har. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance, As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been, Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath, Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd As Og or Anak and the Emims old
1080 That Kiria thim held, thou know'st 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,