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To heave, pull, draw, or break, he still performid
All with incredible, stupendious force,
None daring to appear antagonist.
At length for intermission fake they led him
Between the pillars ; he his guide requested 1630
(For fo from such as nearer stood we heard)
As over-tir'd to let him lean a while
With both his arms on those two massy pillars,
That to the arched roof gave main fupport.
He unsuspicious led him; which when Samson 1635
Felt in his arms, with head a while inclin'd,
And
eyes

fast fix'd he stood, as one who pray'd,
Or some great matter in his mind revolv'd :
At last with head erect thus cry'd aloud,
Hitherto, Lords, what your commands impos'd
I have perform d, as reason was, obeying, 1641
Not without wonder or delight beheld :
Now of my own accord such other trial
I mean to show you of my strength, yet greater ;
As with amaze shall strike all who behold, 1645
This utter'd, ftraining all his nerves he bow'd,
As with the force of winds and waters pent,
When mountains tremble, those two masly pillars
With horrible convulsion to and fro,
Hetugg’d, he shook, till down they came and drew
The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder
Upon the heads of all who sat beneath,
Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests,

Their choice nobility and flow'r, not only
Of this but each Philiftian city round 1655
Met from all parts to folemnize this feast.
Samson with these immix’d, inevitably
Pull'd down the fame destruction on himself ;
The vulgar only scap'd who stood without.
Chor. O dearly-bought revenge, yet glorious !

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Living or dying thou hast fulfill'd
The work for which thou waft foretold
To Israel, and now ly'st victorious
Among thy nain self-kill'd
Not willingly, but tangled in the fold 1665
Of dire necessity, whole law in death conjoin'd
Thee with thy flaughter'd foes in number more
Than all thy life had Nain before.

SEMICHOR. While their hearts were jacond and
Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine, (sublime,
And fat regorg'd of bulls and goats,
Chaunting their idol, and preferring
Before our living Dread who dwells
In Silo his bright sanctuary :
Among them he a {pirit of phrenzy sent,

167 $ Who hurt their minds, And urg'd them on with mad desire To call in halte for their destroyer ; They only set on sport and play Unweetingly importun'd

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Their own destruction to come speedy upon them.
So fond are mortal men
Fall'n into wrath divine,
As their own ruin on themselves t'invite,
Insensate left, or to sense reprobate, 1685
And with blindness internal struck.

SEMICHOR. But he though blind of light,
Despis d and thought extinguish'd quite,
With inward eyes illuminated,
His fiery virtue rous'd

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From under ahes into sudden flame,
And as an evening dragon came,
Assailant on the perched roosts,
And nests in order rang'd
Of tame villatic fowl ; but as an eagle 1695

His

His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads.
So virtue giv'n for loft,
Depress'd, and overthrown, as seem'd,
Like that self-begotten bird
In the Arabian woods imbost,

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That no second knows nor third,
And lay ere while a holocaust,
From out her ashy womb now teem'd,
Revives, reflorishes, then vigorous most
When most unactive deem'd,

1705 And though her body die, her fame survives A fecular bird

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of lives. Man. Come, come, no time for lamentation now, Nor much more cause; Samson hath quit himself Like Samson, and heroicly hath finish'd 1710 A life heroic, on his enemies Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning, And lamentation to the sons of Caphtor Through all Philiftian bounds; to Ifrael Honor hath left, and freedom, let but them 1715 Find

courage to lay hold on this occasion; To'himself and father's house eternal fame; And which is best and happiest yet, all this With God not parted from him, as was fear'd, But favoring and affisting to the end. 1720 Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise, or blame, nothing but well and fair, And what may quiet us in a death so noble, Let us go find the body where it lies 1725 Sok'd in his enemies blood, and from the ftream With lavers pure and cleansing herbs wash off The clotted gore. I with what speed the while (Gaza is not in plight to say us nay) Will tend for all my kindred, all my friends, 1730

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To fetch hiin hence, and solemnly attend
With filent obsequy and funeral train
Home to his father's house : there will I build him
A monument, and plant it round with shade
Of laurel ever green, and branching palm, 1735
With all his trophies hung, and acts inroll?d
In copious legend, or sweet lyric song.
Thither shall all the valiant youth resort,
And from his memory inflame their breasts
To matchless valor, and adventures high : 1740
The virgins also shall on feaftful days
Vifit his tomb with flow`rs, only bewailing
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice,
From whence captivity and loss of eyes.

Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt, 1745
What th' unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings about,
And ever best found in the clote.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns,

1750 And to his faithful champion hath in place Bore witness gloriously ; whence Gaza mourns And all that band them to resist His uncontrollable intent ; His servants he with new acquist

1755 Of true experience from this great event With peace and confolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent,

THE END.

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