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To call in haste for their destroyer;
They, only set on sport and play,
Unweetingly importun'd
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,
And with blindness internal struck.

2 Semichor. But he though blind of sight,
Despis’d and thought extinguish'd quite,
With inward eyes illaminated,
His fiery virtue rous'd
From under ashes into sudden fiame,
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
His cloudless thunder bolted on their heads,
So virtue, giv'n for lost,
Depress’d, and overthrown, as seen’d,
Like that self-begotten bird
In tbe Arabian woods embost,
That na second knows nor third,
And lay ere while a holocaust,
From out her ashy womb now teem’d,
Revives, reflourishes, then vigorous most
When most unactive deem'd;
And, though her body die, her fame survives,
A secular bird ages of lives.

Man. Come, come; no time for lamentation now,
Nor much more canse ; Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson, and heroicly hath finishid
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A life heroic; on his enemies
Fully reveng'il, hath left them years of mourning,
And lamentation to the sons of Caphtor
Through all Philistian bounds; to Israel
Honour hath left, and freedom, let but them
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 favouring and assisting to the end.
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
Orknock 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
Soah'd in his enemies' blood; and from the stream
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 send for all my kindred, all my friends,
To fetch him hence, and solemnly attend
With silent obsequy and funeral train,
Home to his father's house: there will I build him
A monument, and plant it round with shade
Oi laurel ever green, and branching palm,
With all his trophies hung, and acts enroll’d
In copious legend, or sweet lyric song.
Thither shall all the valiant yonth resort,
And from his memory inflame their breasts
To matchless valour, and adventures high :
The virgins also shall, on feastiul days,
Visit his tomb with tlov'rs; onl; be:vailing
Ilis lot unfortunt in nuptial cwice,
From : Liity and loss of eyes.

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Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt,
What th' unsearchable dispose
Of highest Wisdom brings about,
And ever best found in the close.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns,
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
Of true experience, from this great event
With peace and consolation hath dismist
And calm of mind all passion spent.

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END OF SAMSON AGONISTES,

COMUS;

A MASK,

PRESENTED AT LUDLOW CASTLE,

1634,

BEFORE

JOHN, EARL OF BRIDGEWATER,

Then President of Wales.

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