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To such a viper his most fared trust
Of secresy, my safety, and my life. (power,

Chor. Yet beauty, though injurious, hath strange
After offence returning, to regain
Love once possess’d, nor can be easily 1005
Repuls'd, without much inward passion felt
And secret sting of amorous remorse.

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 soever men refer it)

Much like thy riddle, Samson, in one day
Or sev’n, though one should musing fit.

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 fo loosly disally'd
Their nuptials, nor this last so treacherously
Had shorn the fatal harvest of thy head.
Is it for that such outward ornament

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
In choice, but oftest to affect the wrong? 1030
Or was too much of self-love mix’d,
Of constancy no root infix’d,
That either they love nothing, or not long ?

Whate'er it be, to wiseft men and best
Seeming at first all heav'nly under virgin veil, 1035
Soft, modest, meek, demure,
Once join'd' the contrary


proves, a thorn Intestin, far within defensive arms A cleaving mischief, in his way to virtue Adverse and turbulent, or by her charms 1040 Draws him


inslay'd With dotage, and his sense deprav’d, To folly' and shameful deeds which ruin ends. What pilot so expert but needs must wreck Imbark'd with such a steers-mate at the helm? 1045

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:
So shall he least confusion draw
On his whole life, not sway'd
By female usurpation, or dismay’d.

But had we best retire, I see a storm?
Sams. Fair days have oft contractedwind and rain.
Chor. But this another kind of tempest brings.
Sams. Be less abstruse, my riddling days are past.

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? what wind 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 shallknow, he nowarrives.

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,



That I was never present on the place

1085 Of those encounters, where we might have try'd Each other's force in camp or lised field: And now am come to see of whoin such noise Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey, If thy appearance answer loud


1090 Sams. The way to know were not to see but taste.

Har. Dost thou already single me? I thought Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam’d To' have wrought such wonders with an ass’s jaw; I should have forc'd thee foon wish other arms, 1096 Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory' of prowess been recover'd To Palestine, won by a Philistine From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear's The highest name for valiant acts; that honor Certain to have won by mortal duel from thee, I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.

(but do Sams. Boast not of what thou wouldlt have done, What then thou wouldst, thou seest it in thy hand.

Har. To combat with a blind man I disdain, And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd.

Sams. Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me' assassinated and betray’d, Who durst not with their whole united powers 110 In fight withstand me single and unarm’d, Nor in the house with chamber ambushes


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Close-banded durst attack me, no not sleeping,
Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold
Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. 1115
Therefore without feign'd shifts let be assign'd
Some narrow place inclos’d, where sight may give
Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; (thee,
Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet
And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, 1120
Vant-brass and and gauntlet, add thy spear,
A weaver's beam, and seven-times-folded shield,
I only with an oaken-staff will meet thee,
And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron, 1124
Which long shall not withhold me from thy head,
That in a little time while breath remains thee,
Thou oft shalt wish thyself at Gath to boast
Again in safety what thou woulds have done
To Samson, but shalt never see Gath more.

Har. Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms,
Which greatest heroes have in battel worn, 1131
Their ornament and safety, had not spells
And black inchantments, some magician's art,
Arm’d thee or charm’d thee strong, which thou

from Heaven Feign'dst at thy birth was giv’n thee in thy hair, 1135 Where strength can least abide, though all thy hairs Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back Of chaf’d wild boars, or ruffled porcupines. Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts;

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