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The easier towards me, or thy hatred less.
780 To what I did thou show’dft me first the way. But I to enemies reveal’d, and should not : Nor should'st thou have trusted that to woman's frailty : Ere I to thee, thou to thyself wast cruel. Let weakness then with weakness come to parle So near related, or the same of kind, Thine forgive mine; that men may censure thine The gentler, if severely thou exact not More strength from me, than in thyself was found. And what if love, which thou interpret'st hate, 790 The jealousy of love, pow'rful of sway In human hearts, nor less in mine tow'rds thee, Caus'd what I did ? I saw thee mutable Of fancy, fear'd lest one day thou would'It leave me As her at Timna, sought by all means therefore
795 How to indear, and hold thee to me firmest : No better way I saw than by impórtuning To learn thy secrets, get into my power The key of strength and safety : thou wilt say, Why then reveal’d? I was assur’d by those 800 Who tempted me, that nothing was defign'd VOL. III.
Against thee but safe custody, and hold :
Sams. How cunningly the sorceress displays
thou say'ft, th' example,
830 Philiftian gold : if weakness may excuse,
What murderer, what traitor, parricide,
call it furious rage
DAL. Since thou determin'st weakness for no plea In man or woman, though to thy own condemning, Hear what assaults I had, what snares besides,
845 What sieges girt me round, ere I consented; Which might have aw'd the best-resolv'd of men, The constantest, to have yielded without blame. It was not gold, as to my charge thou lay'st, That wrought with me: thou know'st the magistrates And princes of my country came in person, Solicited, commanded, threaten'd, urg'd, Adjur’d by all the bonds of civil duty And of religion, press'd how just it was, How honorable, how glorious to intrap A common enemy, who had destroy'd Such numbers of our nation : and the priest Was not behind, but ever at my eår, Preaching how meritorious with the Gods It would be to insnare an irreligious
860 Dishonorer of Dagon : what had I
T' oppose against such pow'rful arguments ?
SAMs. I thought where all thy circling wiles would
880 By thy request, who could deny thee nothing; Yet now am judg’d an enemy. Why then Didst thou at first receive me for thy husband, Then, as since then, thy country's foe professid? Being once a wife, for me thou wast to leave
885 Parents and country; nor was I their subject, Nor under their protection but my own, Thou mine, not theirs : if ought against my life Thy country sought of thee, it sought unjustly, Against the law of nature, law of nations, 890 No more thy country, but an impious crew
Of men conspiring to uphold their state
DAL. In argument with men a woman ever
SAMs. For want of words no doubt, or lack of breath; Witness when I was worried with thy peals.
DAL. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken
915 Where other fenfes want not their delights At home in leisure and domestic ease, Exempt from many a care and chance to which Eye-light exposes daily men abroad. I to the Lords will intercede, not doubting
920 Their favorable ear, that I may fetch-thee