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My trust is in the living God, who gave me 1140
At my nativity this strength, diffus'd
No less through all my sinews, joints and bones,
Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks un shorn,
The pledge of my unviolated vow.
For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy God,

Go to his temple invocate his aid
With solemnest devotion, spread before him
How highly it concerns his glory now
To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells,
Which I to be the power of Israel's God 1150
Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test,
Offering to combat thee his champion bold,
With th' utmost of his Godhead feconded:
Then thou shalt see, or rather to thy sorrow 1154
Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine.

Har. Presume not on thy God, whate'er he be, Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off Quite from his people, and deliver'd up Into thy enemies hand, permitted them To put out both thine eyes, and fetter'd send thee Into the common prison, there to grind

1161 Among the slaves and asses thy comrades, As good for nothing else, no better service With those thy boilt'rous locks, no worthy match For valor to assail, nor by the sword Of noble warrior, so to stain his honor, But by the barber's razor best subdued.


1165 Sams. All these indignities, for such they are From thine, these evils I deserve and more, Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me 1170 Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Gracious to re-admit the suppliant; In confidence whereof I once again Defy thee to the tryal of mortal fight,

1175 By combat to decide whose God is God, Thine or whom I with Israel's sons adore.

Har. Fair honor that thou dost thy God, in trusting He will accept thee to defend his cause,

1179 A Murderer, a Revolter, and a Robber. (me these? Sams. Tongue-doughty Giant, how dost thou prove

Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords ?
Their magistrates confess’d it, when they took thee
As a league-breaker and deliver'd bound
Into our hands: for hadst thou not committed 1185
Notorious murder on those thirty men
At Ascalon, who never did thee harm,
Then like a robber strippdft them of their robes ?
The Philistines, when thou hadi broke the league,
Went up with armed pow'rs thee only seeking, 1190
To others did no violence nor spoil.

Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines
I chose a wife, which argued me no foe;
And in your city held my nuptial feaft:
your ill-meaning politician lords,

1195 Under

Under pretence of bridal friends and guests,
Appointed to await me thirty spies,
Who threatning cruel death constrain'd the bride
To wring from me and tell to them my secret,
That solv'd the riddle which I had propos’d. 1200
When I perceiv'd all set on enmity,
As on my enemies, wherever chanc'd,
I us'd hoftility, and took their spoil
To pay my underminers in their coin.
My nation was subjected to your lords. 1205
It was the force of conquest; force with force
Is well ejected when the conquer'd can.
But I a private person, whom my country
As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum'd
Single rebellion and did hostile acts.
I was no private but a person rais'd
With strength sufficient and command from Heav'n
To free my country; if their servile minds
Me their deliverer sent would not receive,
But to their masters gave me up for nought, 1215
Th'unworthier they; whence to this day they serve.
I was to do my part from Heav'n assign'd,
And had perform’d it, if mine known offense
Had not disabled me, not all

These shifts refuted, answer thy appellant
Though by his blindness maim'd for high attempts,
Who now defies thee thrice to single fight,
As a petty enterprise of small enforce.




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Har. With thee a man condemn'd, a slave enroll’d, Due by the law to capital punishment? 1225 To fight with thee no man of arms will deign.

Sams. Cam's thou for this, vainboaster, to survey me, To descant on my strength, and give thy verdict ? Come nearer, part not hence so slight inform’d; But take good heed my hand survey not thee.

Har. O Baal-zebub! can my ears unus'd 1231 Hear these dishonors, and not render death?

Sams. No man withholds thee, nothing from thy Fear I incurable; bring up thy van,

(hand My heels are fetter'd but my fist is free. 1235

Har. This insolence other kind of answer fits.

Sams. Go baffled coward, lest I run upon thee, Though in these chains, bulk without fpirit vast, And with one buffet lay thy structure low, Or swing thee in the air, then dash thee down 1240 To th' hazard of thy brains and shatter'd sides.

Har. By Astaroth ere long thou shalt lament These braveries in irons loaden on thee.

Chor. His giantship is gone somewhat crest-fall'n, Stalking with less unconscionable strides,

1245 And lower looks, but in a sultry chafe.

Sams. I dread him not, nor all his giant-brood, Though fame divulge him father of five sons, All of gigantic size, Goliah chief.

Chor. He will directly to the lords, I fear, 1250 And with malicious counsel ftir them up


Some way or other


further to afflict thee. Sams. He must allege some cause, and offer'd fight Will not dare mention, left a question rise Whether he durft accept the offer or not, 1255 And that he durst not plain enough appear’d. Much more affliction than already felt They cannot well impose, nor I susain; If they intend advantage of my labors, The work of many hands, which earns my keeping With no small profit daily to my owners.

1261 But come what will, my deadliest foe will prove My speediest friend, by death to rid me hence, The worst that he can give, to me the best. Yet so it may fall out, because their end 1263 Is hate, not help to me, it may

with mine Draw their own ruin who attempt the deed.

Chor. Oh how comely it is, and how reviving To the spirits of just men long oppress'd! When God into the hands of their deliverer

1270 Puts invincible might To quell the mighty of the earth, th' oppressor, The brute and boil'rous force of violent men Hardy and industrious to support Tyrannic pow'r, but raging to pursue 1275 The righteous and all such as honor truth; He all their ammunition And feats of war defeats With plain heroic magnitude of mind


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