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He's gone, and who knows how he may report
Expect another message more imperious, · More lordly thundering than thou well wilt bear.
· Samson. Shall I abuse this consecrated gift
Samson. Not in their idol-worship, but by labour
1 sentence holds.
Vant-brace and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear,
Heaven Feignd'st at thy birth, was given thee in thy hair, 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. .
Samson. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts. My trust is in the living God, who gave me At my nativity this strength, diffus’d No less through all my sinews, joints, and bones, Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unshorn, 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
Harapha. Presume not on thy God, whate'er i 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 grindl e ? Among the slaves and asess thy comrades,... As good for nothing else; no better service With those thy boisterous locks, no worthy match For valour to assail, nor by the sword ror;;? Of noble warriour, so to stain his honour, ori But by the barber's razor best subdued....
Samson. All these indignities, for such they are From thine, these evils I deserve, and more, til Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me that Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon, Bergarten Whose ear is ever open, and his eye Graçious to re-admit the suppliant; E rasto?
In confidence whereof I once again
Defy thee to a trial of mortal fight, • By combat to decide whose God is God, Thine, or whom I with Israel's sons adore; Harapha. Fair honour that thou dost thy God,
in trasting D He will accept thee to defend his cause, 2 A Murderer, a Revolter, and a Robber! Samson. Tongue-doughty Giants how dost thout prove me these d
, Harapha. Is not thy nation subject to bur lords ? Their magistrateś confess'd it, when they took thee As a league-breaker; and deliver'd bound Into our hands : for hadst thou not committed Notorious murder on those thirty men At Ascalon, who never did thee harm, . Thén like a robber stripp'dst them of their robes? The Philistines, when thou hadst broke the league, Went up with armed powers thee only seeking, To others did no violence nor spoil.
Samson. Among the daughters of the Philistinés I chose a wife, which argued me no foe; And in your city held my nuptial feast : But your ill-meaning politician lords, Under pretence of bridal friends and guests, Appointed to await mê thirty spies, Who, threatening eruel death, constrairi'd the bride To wring from me, and tell to them, my secrets
That solv'd the riddle whieh I had propos'd.
Harapka. With thee ! a man condemn’d, a slave
. ? inroll d, c,1 1, Due by the law to capital punishment ! To fight with thee ng man of arms will deign.