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Samf. Where outward force constrains, the sentence
But who constrains me to the Temple of Dagon, Lholds
Not dragging: the Philiftian Lords-command. 1371
Commands are no constraints. If I obey them,
I do it freely, vent’ring to displease
God for the fear of Man, and Man prefer
Set God behind: which in his jealousie 1378
Shall never, unrepented, find forgiveness.
Yet that he may dispense with me or thee
Present in Temples at Idolatrous Rites
For some important caule, thou need't not doubt;

Chor. Howthou wilt here come off surmounts my

Samf. Be of good courage, I begin to feel Creach.
Some rouzing motions in me which dispose.
To-something extraordinary my thoughts.
I with this Messenger will go along,
Nothing to do, be sure, that may dishonour 1385
Our Law, or stain my vow of Nazarite,
If there be ought of presage in the mindy
This day will be remarkable in my life
By some great act, or of my days the last, 1389

Chor. In time thou hast resolv'd, the man returns.

off. Samson this second mellage from our Lords
To thee I am bid say. Art thou our Slaves
Our Captive, at the publick Mill our drudge,
And dar’st thou at our sending and command
Dispute thy.coming a come without delay; 1395
Or we shall find such Engines to assail.
And hamper thee, as thou shalt come of foxee
Though thou art formlier fahr'd than a Rock.

Samf. I could be well content to try their Art, Which to no few of them would prove pernicious. Yet knowing their advantages too many, 1401 Because they hall not trail me through their freets Like a wild Beast, I am content to go. Masters commands come with a power refiftless To such as owe them absolute fubje&tion; 1405 And for a life who will not change his purpose? (So mutable are all the ways of men) Yet this be fure, in norbing to comply: Seándalous or forbidden in our Law.

off. I praise thy resolution, doff these links: 1410 By this compliance thou wilt win the Lords To favour, and perhaps to fet thee free.

Sams. Brethren farewell, your company along I will not wish, left ic perhaps offend them To see me girt with Friends; and how the light 1425. Of me as of a common Enemy, So dreaded once, may now exasperate them I know not: Lords are Lordlieft in cheir wine ; And the well-feafted Pricft then sooneft fir'd With zeal, if aughe Religion seem concern'd: 1422 . No less the People on their Holy-days Impetuous, infolent, unquenchable; Happ'n what may, of me expect to hear Nothing difonourable, impure, unworthy Our God, our Law; my Natión or my felf, 1425 The last of me or no I cannot warrant.

Chor. Go, and the Holy One of Ifrual be thy guide

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Towhat may serve his glory best and fpread hisivame
Great among the Heathen round;

Send the Angel of thy Birth to stand
Fast by thy side, who from thy Father's field
Rode up in flames after his message told
Of thy conception, and be now a mield
Of fire; that Spirit that firft rulat on thee 1433
In the Camp of Dan
Be efficacious in thee now at need.
For never was from Heaven imparted
Measure of strength fo great to mortal seed;
As in thy wond'rous actions hath been feen. 1440
But wherefore comes old Minoa in such hafte
With youthful steps: much livelier than ere while
He seems: supposing here to find his Son,
Or of him bringing to us fome glad news? 1444

Man. Peace with you, Brethren; my inducement hi.
Was not at present here to find my Son,

By order of the Lords new parted hence
To come and play before them at their Feaft.
I heard all as I came, the City rings
And numbers thither flock, I had no will, 1450
Left I lhould see him forc'd to things unseemly,
But that which mov'd my coming now, was chiefly
To give you part with me what hope I have
With good success to work his liberty.

Chor. That hope would much rejoyce us to partake
With thee; say, reverend Sire, We thirst to hear. 1456

Man. I have attempted one by one the Lords Either at home, or through the high street palling,

With supplication prone and Fathers tears
T'accept of ransonje for my Son their pris'ner. 1460
Some much averse I found and wondrous harsh,
Contemptuous, proud, set on revenge and spite;
That part most reverenc'd Dagon and his priests.
Others more inoderate seeming, but their aim
Private reward, for which both God and State 1465
They easily would set to sale; a third.
More generous far and civil, who confessd
They had enough reveng'd, having reduc'd
Their foe to misery beneath their fears,
The rest was magnanimity to remit,

1470 If some convenient ransome was propos’d. What noise or fhout was that it tore the Skie.

Cbor, Doubtless the people fouting to behold Their once great dread, captive,and blind before them, Or at some proof of strength before them shown. 1475

Man. His ransome, if my whole inheritance May compass it, shall willingly be paid And number'd down: much rather I fall chuse To live the poorest in my Tribe, than richest, And he in that calamitous prison left. 1480 No, I am fixt not to part hence without him; For his redemption all my Patrimony, If need be, I am ready to forgo And quit: not wanting him, I fall want nothing,

Chor. Fathers are wont to lay up for their Sons, Thou for shy Son art bent to lay out all ; 1486 Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age, Thou in old age car's how to nurse thy Son

Made older than thy age through eye-light loft.

Man. It shall be my delight to tend his eyes, 1490 And view him fitting in the house, enobl'd With all those high exploits by him atchiev'd, And on his shoulders waving down those locks, That of a Nation arm'd the strength contain’d: And I perfuade me God hath not permitted 1495 His ftrength again to grow up with his hair Garrison'd round about him like a Camp of faithful Soldiery, were not his purpose To use him farther yet in some great service, Not to fit idle with so great a gift

Ison Useless, and thence ridiculous about him. And since his strength with eye-light was not loft, God will restore him eye-light to his strength.

Cher. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor seem vain Of his delivery, and thy joy thereon

ISOS Conceiv'd, agreeable to a Father's love, In both which we, as next, participate.

Ma.I know your friendly minds and -- what noise ! Mercy of Heav'n what hideous noise was that! Horribly loud unlike the former shout.

Chor. Noise call you it or universal groan As if the whole inhabitation perish'd, Blood, death, and deathful deeds are in that noise, Ruin, destruction at the utmost point.

IS14 Man. Of ruin indeed me thought I heard the noise, Oh it continues, they have sain my Son.

Chor. Thy Son is rather slaying them, that outcry From Slaughter of one Foe could not ascend.


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