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Living or dying thou haft fulfill'd
[sublime, 1 Semichor. While their hearts were jocund and Drunk with idolatry, drunk with wine, 1670 And fat regorg'd of bulls and goats, Chaunting their idol, and preferring Before our living Dread who dwells In Silo his bright sanctuary : Among them he a spi'rit of phrenzy sent,
1675 Who hurt their minds, And urg'd them on with mad desire To call in haste for their destroyer; They only set on sport and play Unweetingly importun'd
1680 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,
1685 And with blindness internal struck.
2 SEMICHOR. But he, though blind of fight,
From under ashes into sudden flame,
1705 And though her body die, her fame survives A secular bird ages of lives.
MAN. Çome, come, no time for lamentation now,
courage to lay hold on this occafion;
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
1725 Sok'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, 173 To fetch him hence, and folemnly 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 Of laurel ever green, and branching palm, 1735 With all his trophies hung, and acts inroll’d In copious legend, or sweet lyric fong. Thither shall all the valiant youth refort, And from his memory infame their breasts To matchless valor, and adventures high : 1740 The virgins also shall on feaftful days Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice, From whence captivity and loss of eyes.
Cho. All is best, though we oft doubt, 1745 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,
1750 VOL. XII.
And to his faithful champion hath in place