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And celestial vigour arm’d,

1280 Their Armories and Magazins contemns, Renders them uselefs, while With winged expedition, Swift as the lightning glance, he executes ! His errand on the wicked, who surpriz'd 1285 Lose their defence distracted and amaz'da

But patience is more oft the exercise Of Saints, the trial of their fórtitude, Making them each his own Deliveres, And Victor over all

1299 That tyranný or fortune can india. Either of these is in thy lot, Samson, with might endu'd Above the Sons of men; but fight bereavid May chance to number thee with thofe 1295 Whom Patience finally maft crown. This Idol's day hath been to thce ro day of ref, Labouring thy mind More than the working day thy hands.

And yet perhaps more troublé is behind, 1300 For I descry this way Some other tending, in his hand A Seepter or quaint Staff he bears, Comes on amain, fpeed in his look, By his habit" i discern him now

tžos A Publick Officer, and now at hand, His message will be short and voluble. off. Hebrews the Pris'ner Samson here I feek. 207. His mañacles remark him, ihere he fitsi

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And celeftial vigour arm’d,

1280 Their Armories and Magazins contemns, Renders them useless, while With winged expedition, Swift as the lightning glance, he executes H His errand on the wicked, who surpriz'd 1285 Lose their defence distracted and amaz'de

But patieace is more oft the exercise Of Saints, the trial of their fortitude, Making them each his own Deliveret, And Victor over all

1290 That tyranny or fortune can infie. Either of these is in thy lot, Samfon, with might endu'd Above the Sons of men; but fight bereava May chance to number thee with thofe 1295 Whom Patience finally matt crown. This Idol's day hath been to thice no day of reft; Labouring thy mind More than the working day thy hands.

And yet perhaps more trouble is behind, 1300 For I descry this way Some other tending, in his hand A Séepter or quaint Staff he bears, Comes on amain, fpeed in his look, By his habit I discern him now

tžės A Publick Officer, and now at hand, His message will be short and voluble.

off. Hebrews the Pris'ner Samfön here I feek.
chor. His manacles remark him, there he fitsi

off. Samfon, to thee our Lords thus bid me fay; This day to Dagon is a folemn Feaft, 1300 With Sacrifices, Triumph, Pomp and Games; Thy strength they know surpassing human race, And now some publick proof thereof require To honour this great Feast, and great Assembly; 1315 Rise therefore with all speed and come along, Where I will see thee heartn'd and fresh clad To appear as firs before th’illuftrious Lords.

Sams. Thou know'ft I am an Hebrew, therefore tell Our Law forbids at their Religious Rites

[them My presence; for that cause I cannot come. 1320

off. This answer, be affur'd, will not content them.

Sams. Have they not Sword players, and ev'ry fort Of Gymnick Artists, Wrestlers, Riders, Runners, Juglers and Dancers, Anticks, Mummers, Mimirs,1324 But they must pick me out with fhackles rit'd, And over-labour'd at their publick Mill, To make them fport with blind activity ? Do they not seek occafion of new quarrels On my refusat to distress me møre, Or make a gatne of my calamities? Return the way thou 'cam'ft, I will not come.

Off. Regard thy self, this will offend them highly.

Sams. My self? my conscience and internal peace. Can they think me so broken; fo debas'd With corporal fervitude, that my mind ever Will condescend to such absurd commands ? Although their drudge, to be their fool or jefter, And in my midt of sorrow and heart-grief

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To fhew them feats, and play before their god, 1340
The worst of all indignities, yet on me
Join'd with extreme contempt? I will not come.

off. My message was impos'd on me with speed, Brooks no delay : is this thy resolution? 1344

Sams. So take it with what speed thy message needs.
off. I am sorry what this stoutness will produce.
Sam.Perhaps thou halt have cause to forrow indeed.

Chor. Confider, Samson; matters now are strain'd
Up to the heighth, whether to hold or break;
He's gone, and who knows how he may report 13.50
Thy words by adding fuel to the flame;
Expe& another melage more imperious,
More Lordly thund'ring than thou well wilt bear.

Samf. Shall I abuse this Consecrated gift
Of strength, again returning with my hair

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After my great transgression, so require
Favour renew'd, and add a greater lin
By prostituting holy things to Idols;
A Nazarite in place abominable
Vaunting my strength in honourto their Dagon ? 1360
Besides how vile, contemptible, ridiculous,
What act more execrably unclean, prophane?

Chor. Yet with this strength thou serv’ft the Phi.
Idolatrous, uncircumcis'd, unclean.

[liftins, Sams. Not in their Idol-worlhip, but by labour Honest and lawful to deserve my food 1366 Of those who have me in their civil pow'r. Ch.Where the heart joins ont, outw’rd acts defile ayt.

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