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ACT II-SCENE I

The stage represents the valley of Sorek in Palestine. At left, Delilah's dwelling, which has a graceful portico and is surrounded with Asiatic plants and luxuriant tropical creepers. At the rising of the curtain, night is coming on, and becomes complete during the course of the action.

(She is more richly apparaled than in the first act. At the rising of the curtain, she is discovered seated on a rock near the portico of her house, and seems to be in a dreamy mood.)

DELILAH

(Alone)

Tonight Samson makes his obeisance,
This eve at my feet he will lie!
Now the hour of my vengeance has-
tens-

Our Gods I shall soon glorify!

O Love! of thy might let me borrow! Pour thy poison through Samson's heart!

Let him be bound before the morrow-
A captive to my matchless art!
In his soul he no longer would cherish
The passion he wishes were dead;
Can a flame like that ever perish,

Evermore by remembrance fed?
He rests my slave; his feats belie him;
My brothers fear with vain alarms;
I only of all-I defy him.

I hold him fast within my arms! O Love! of thy might let me borrow! Pour thy poison through Samson's

heart!

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