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Dispute thy coming ? come without delay;
SAM. I could be well content to try their art
OF. I praise thy resolution: doff these links : 1410 By this compliance thou wilt win the lords To favour, and perhaps to set thee free.
SAM. Brethren, farewell; your company along I will not wish, lest it perhaps offend them To see me girt with friends ; and how the sight Of me as of a common eneiny, So dreaded once, may now exasperate them, I know not: lords are lordliest in their wine; And the well-feasted priest :hen soonest Gr'd With zeal, if ought religion seem concern'd; 1420 No less the people on their holy days Impetuous, insolent, unquenchable : Happen what may, of me expect to hear
Nothing dishonourable, impure unworthy · Our God, our law, my nation, or myself, The last of me or no I cannot warrant.
Chor. Go, and the Holy One Of Israel be thy guide To what may serve his glory best, and spread his namo Great among the Heathen round;
1430 Send thee the angel of thy birth to stand Fast by thy side, who from thy father's field Rode up in flames after his message told Of thy conception, and be now a shield Of fire; that Spirit that first rush'd on the In the camp of Dan Be efficacious in thee now at need. For never was from Heav'n iinparted Measure of strength so great to mortal seed, As in thy wond'rous actions hath been seen. 1440 But wherefore comes old Manoah in such haste With youthful steps ? much livelier than erewhile He seems : supposing here to find his son, Or of him bringing to us some glad news ? : Man. Peace with you, brethren; my inducemert
hither Was not at present here to find my son, By order of the lords now parted hence To come and play before them at their fcast. I heard all as I came ; the city rings, And numbers thither flock, I had no will, 1450 Lest I should see him forcd to things unseemly. But that which mov'd my coming now was chietly
To give ye part with me what hope I have
CHOR. That hope would much rejoice us to par, With thee; say, rev'rend Sire, we thirst to hear. (take
MAN. I have attempted one by one the lords Either at home, or through the high street passing, With supplication prone and father's tears, 1459 To accept of ransom for my son their pris'ner. Some much averse I found and wond'rous harsh, Contemptuous, proud, set on revenge and spite; ! That part most reverenc'd Dagon and his priest : Others more moderate seeming, but their aim Private reward, for which both God and state They easily would set to sale ; a third More generous far and civil, who confess'd . They had enough reveng'd, having reduc'd Their foc to misery beneath their fears, The rest was magnanimity to remit, 1470 If some convenient ransom were propos'd. What noise or shout was that ? It tore the sky.
CHOR. Doubtless the people shouting to behold Their once great dread,captive and blind before them, Os at some proof of strength before them shown,
MAN. His ransom, if my whole inheritance May compass it, shall willingly be paid And number'd down: much rather I shall choose To live the poorest in my tribe, than richest, And he in that calamitous prison left. 1489 No, I am fix'd rot to part hence without him, For his redemption all my patrimony,
If need be I am ready to forego
CHOR. Fathers are wont to lay up for their sons,
MAN. It shall be my delight to tend his eyes 1490 And view him sitting in the house, ennobled With all those high exploits by him achiev'd, And on his shoulders waving down those locks That of a nation arm’d the strength contain'd : And I persuade me God had not permitted His strength again to grow up with his hair Garrison'd round about him like a camp Of faithful soldiery, were not his purpose To use him further yet in some great service, Not to sit idle with so great a gift 1500 Useless, and thence ridiculous about him. And since his strength with eye-sight was not lost, God will restore himn eye-sight to his strength.
CHOR. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor seem Of his delivery, and the joy thereon (vain Conceivd agreeable to a father's love, In both which we, as' next, participate. [noise !
MAN. I know your friendly minds and -- what Mercy of Heav'n what hideous noise was that ! Horribly loud, unlike the former shout. 1510
chor. Noise call you it or universal groan, As if the whole inhabitation perish'd !
Blood, death, and deathful deeds are in that noise, Ruin, destruction at the utmost point.
Max.Ofruin indeed methought I heard the noise : Oh it continues, they have slain my son.
Chor. Thy son is rather slaying them, that outFrom slaughter of one foe could not ascend. cry
MAN. Some dismal accident it needs must be ; What shall we do, stay here or run and see ? 1520
CHOR. Best keep together here, lest running thiWe unawares run into Danger's mouth, [ther This evil on the Philistines is fallin ; From whom could else a gen'ral cry be heard ? The sufferers then will scarce molest us here, From other hands we need not much to fear.' What if his eye-sight (for to Israel's God Noihing is hard) by miracle restor’d, He now be dealing dole among his foes, And over beaps of slaughter'd walk his way ? 1530 MAN. That were a joy presumptuous to be
thought. CHOR. Yet God hath wrought things as incrediFor his people of old : what hinders now ? [ble
MAN.He can I know, but doubt to think he will; Yet hope would fain subscribe, and tempı belief. A little stay will bring some notice hither.
Cuor.Of good or bad so great, of bad the sooner; For evil news rides post, while good news baits, And to our wish I see one hither speeding, An Hebrew as I guess, and of our tribe. 1540
MES O whither shall I run, or which way fly