And eyes falt fixe he stood as one who pray'd,
Or fome great matter in his mind revolv'd.
At laf with head ere& thus cry'd aloud, 1640
Hitherto, Lords, what your commands impos'd
I have perform'd, as reason was, obeying,
Nor without wonder or delight beheld.
Now of my own accord such other cryal
I mean to shew you of my ftrength, yet greater ;
As with amaze (hall Atrike all who behold. 1646
This atcerd, straining all his nerves he bow'd,
As with the force of winds and waters pent,
when Mountains tremble, thofe two maslie Pillars
With horrible confusion to and fro, 1650
He tugg'd, he took, till down they came and drew
The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder
Upon the heads of all who fat beneath,
Lords, Ladies, Captains, Councellors, or Priests,
Their choice Nobility and flower, not only 1655
Of this but each Philiftian City round
Met from all parts to solemnize this Feaft.
Samson with these immixt, inevitably
Pulled down the fame deftruction on himfelf;
The vulgar only fcap'd who stood withont. 1666
Chor. O dearly bought revenge, yet glorious !
Living or dying thou haft fulkil'd
The work for which thou waft foretold
To Ifrael, and now ly't victorious
Among thy flain felf-kill'd
1668 Not willingly, but rangPd in the fold,