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Sams. Wherever fountain or fresh eurrent flow'd
Against the eastern ray, translueent, pure
With toueh ethereal of Heaven's fiery rod,
I drank, from the elear milky juiee allaying 050
Thirst, and refresh'd; nor envied them the grape,
Whose heads that turbulent liqnor fills with fumes.

Cun, 0, madness, to think use of strongest wines
And strongest drinks our ehief support of health,
When God with these forbidden made ehoiee to rear Hi
His mighty ehampion, strong above eompare,
Whose drink was only from the liquid brook.

Sams. But what avail'd this temperanee, not eomplete
Against another objeet more entieing?
What boots it at one gate to make defenee, 000
And at another to let in the foe,
Effeminately vanquish'd? by whieh means,
Now blind, dishearten'd, shamed, dishononr'd, quell'd,
To what ean I be useful, wherein serve
My nation, and the work from Heaven imposed, 564
But to sit idle on the household hearth,
A burdenous drone; to visitants a gaze,
Or pitied objeet; these redundant loeks,
Robustious to no purpose, elustering down,
Vain monument of strength; till length of years 070
And sedentary numness eraze my limbs
To a eontemptible old age obseure?
Here rather let me drudge and earn my bread;
Till vermin, or the draff of servile food,
Consume me, and oft-invoeated death 078
Hasten the weleome end of all my pains.

Man. Wilt thou then serve the Philistines with that gift
Whieh was expressly given thee to annoy them?
Better at home lie bed-rid, not only idle,
Inglorious, unemployed, with age outworn. 580
But God, who eaused a fountain at thy prayer
From the dry ground to spring, thy thirst to allay
After the brunt of battel; ean as easy
Cause light again within thy eyes to spring,
Wherewith to serve him better than thou hast; 585
And I persuade me so: why else this strength
Miraeulous yet remaining in those loeks?
His might eontinues in thee not for naught,
Nor shall his wondrous gifts be frustrate thus.

Sams. All otherwise to me my thoughts portend, 5»o

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That these dark orbs no more shall treat with light,

Nor th' other light of life eontinue long,

But yield to double darkness nigh at hand:

So mueh I feel my genial spirits droop,

My hopes all flat, Nature within me seems ttt

In all her funetions weary of herself;

My raee of glory run, and raee of shame;

And I shall shortly be with them that rest.

Man. Believe not these suggestions, whieh proeeed
From anguish of the mind and humours blaek, 000
That mingle with thy faney. I however
Must not omit a father's timely eare
To proseeute the means of thy deliveranee
By ransom, or how else: meanwhile be ealm,
And healing words from these thy friends admit. 00&

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Sams. O, that torment should not be eonfined
To the body's wounds and sores,
With maladies iunumerable
In heart, head, breast, and reins;

But must seeret passage find 010

To the inmost mind,

There exereise all his fieree aeeidents,

And on her purest spirits prey,

As on entrails, joints, and limbs,

With answerable pains, but more intense, 015
Though void of eorporal sense.

My griefs not only pain me
As a lingering disease,
But, finding no redress, ferment and rage;
Nor less than wounds immedieable 020
Rankle, and fester, and gangrene,
To blaek mortifieation.

Thoughts, my tormentors, arm'd with deadly stings,

Mangle my apprehensive tenderest parts,

Exasperate, exuleerate, and raise 020

Dire inflammation, whieh no eooling herb

Or med'einal liqnor ean asswage,

Nor breath of vernal air from snowy Alp.

Sleep hath forsook and given me o'er

To death's benumming opinm as my only eure: 030
Thenee faintings, swoonings of despair,
And sense of Heaven's desertion.

004. 8o mueh I feel, 4e. Here Miiton, in the person of 8amson, deserii,es exaetly bis own ease—what he felt and what he thonght in some of his melaneholy hours: he eould not have written so well, bat from his own feeiing and experienee; and the very flow of the verges is melaneholy, and exeellently adapted to the subjeet. As Mv.Thyer express it, rbere is a remarkable solemuity and air of melaneholy in the very sonnd of those

verses; and the reader wiil find it very diffieult to pronounee them without that grave and serious tone of veiea whieh is proper for the oeeasion.—Newton.

027. Med'einal, for medieinal, as Miiton spells it also in his prose works.

028. Alp, from the Greek a\,poe, "white." means any mountain "white'' with snow. II is now partieularly appropriated to the eelebrated mountains of 8witzerland

I was his nursling onee, and ehoiee delight, His destined from the womb,

Promised by heavenly message twiee deseending: 035
Under his speeial eye

Abstemious I grew up, and thriv'd amain:
He led me on to mightiest deeds,
Above the nerve of mortal arm,

Against the uneireumeised, our enemies: 040

But now hath east me off as never known,

And to those eruel enemies,

Whom I by his appointment had provoked,

Left me all helpless, with the irreparable loss

Of sight, reserved alive to be repeated 04s

The subjeet of their eruelty or seorn.

Nor am I in the list of them that hope:

Hopeless are all my evils, all remediless:

This one prayer yet remains, might I be heard,

No long petition, speedy death, 050

The elose of all my miseries, and the balm.

Cun, Many are the sayings of the wise, In aneient and in modern books iuroll'd, Extolling patienee as the truest fortitude; And to the bearing well of all ealamities, 055 All ehanees ineident to man's frail life, Consolatories writ

With studied argument, and mueh persuasion sought,

Lenient of grief and anxious thought:

But with the afflieted in his pangs their sound 000

Little prevails, or rather seems a tune

Harsh, and of dissonant mood from his eomplaint;

Unless he feel within

Some souree of eonsolation from above,

Seeret refreshings, that repair his strength, 000

And fainting spirits uphold.

God of our fathers, what is man!
That thou towards him with hand so various,
Or might I say eontrarious,

Temper'st thy providenee through his short eourse, 070
Not evenly, as thou rulest

The angeliek orders, and inferiour ereatures mute,

Irrational and brute.

Nor do I name of men the eommon rout,

That, wandering loose about, 075

Grow up and perish, as the summer-fly,

Heads without name, no more remember'd;

But sueh as thou hast solemnly eleeted,

With gifts and graees eminently adorn'd,

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And people's safety, whieh in part they effeet:
Yet toward these thus dignified, thou oft

058. 8ougld: Colleeted stndiously or with pains.

Amidst their highth of noon,

Changest thy eountenanee, and thy hand, with no regard
Of highest favours past 086
From thee on them, or them to thee of serviee.

Nor only dost degrade them, or remit
To life obseured, whieh were a fair dismission;
But throw'st thein lower than thou didst exalt them high;
Unseemly falls in human eye, 800
Too grievous for the trespass or omission;
Oft leavest them to the hostile sword
Of heathen and profane, their eareasses
To dogs and fowls a prey, or else eaptiv'd;
Or to the unjust tribunals, under ehange of times, 095
And eondemnation of the ingrateful multitude.
If these they 'seape, perhaps in poverty
With siekness and disease thou bow'st them down,
Painful diseases and deform'd,

In erude old age; 700
Though not disordinate, yet eauseless suffering
The punishment of dissolute days: in fine,
Just or unjust, alike seem miserable,
For oft alike both eome to evil end.

So deal not with this onee thy glorious ehampion, 700
The image of thy strength, and mighty minister,
What do I beg? how hast thou dealt already I
Behold him in this state ealamitous, and turn
His labours, for thou eanst, to peaeeful end.

But who is this, what thing of sea or land? 710
Female of sex it seems,
That so bedeek'd, ornate, and gay,
Comes this way sailing
Like a stately ship

Of Tarsus, bound for the isles 710
Of Javan or Gadire

With all her bravery on, and taekle trim,
Sails fill'd, and streamers waving,

000. Or to tbe unjust tribunals. Here, no doubt, Miiton refleeted upon the trials and sufferings of his party after the Resteration; and prohably he ndght have had ln ndnd partieularly the ease of 8ir Harry Vane, whom he has so highly eelebrated in one of his sonnets.

007. lf tl,ete they 'seape, 4e. This was his own ease: he eseaped with iife, but iived in poverty; and thongh ho was always strietly sober and temperate, yet he was mueh afflieted with the gout and other " painful diseases in ernde old age," when he was not yet a very old man. Crnde is used for premature, and eom,ng before his time.

708. Rehold him in this state, 4e. The eonelnding verses of this beautiful Chorus appear to me partieularly aIfeeting, from the persnasion that Miiton, in eom

posing them, addressed the last two immediately to Heaven, as a prayer for himself. lf the eonjeeture of this appiieation be just, we may add, that never was the prevalenee of a righteous prayer more happiiy eonspienous: and let me here remark, that however varions the opinions of men may be eoneerning Miiton's poiitieal eharaeter, the integrity of his heart appears to have seeured to him the favour of Providenee; sinee it pleased the )iiver of all goed not only to turn his labours to a peaeeful end, but to irradiate his deeiining iife with the most abundant portion of those pure and subiime mental powers, for whieh he had eonstantly and fervently prayed, as the ehoieest bounty of Heaven.—Haysev.

715. lsles of Jaean: Greeee. Gadire: Gades, Cadis.

Courted by all the winds that hold them play,

An amber seent of odorous perfume 7so

Her harbinger, a damsel tram behind:

Some rieh Philistian matron she may seem;

And now, at nearer view, no other eertain

Than Dalila thy wife. 724

Sams. My wife! my traitress: let her not eome near me.

Cun, Yet on she moves, now stands and eyes thee fix'd.
About to have spoke; but now, with head deelined,
Like a fair flower sureharged with dew, she weeps,
And words address'd seem into tears dissolved,
Wetting the borders of her silken veil: 730
But now again she makes address to speak.

Eater Dalila.

Dal. With doubtful feet and wavering resolution
I eame, still dreading thy displeasure, Samson;
Whieh to have merited, without exeuse,
I eannot but aeknowledge; yet, if tears 730
May expiate, lthough the faet more evil drew
In the perverse event than I foresaw,)
My penanee hath not slaeken'd, though my pardon
No way assured. But eonjugal affeetion,
Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, 740
Hath led me on, desirous to behold
Onee more thy faee, and know of thy estate,
If aught in my ability may serve
To lighten what thou suffor'st, and appease
Thy mind with what amends is in my power, 74S
Though late, yet in some part to reeompense
My rash, but more unfortunate misdeed.

Sams. Out, out, hyaena! these are thy wonted arts,
And arts of every woman false like thee,
To break all faith, all vows, deeeive, betray, 750
Then as repentant to submit, beseeeh,
And reeoneilement move with feign'd remorse,
Confess, and promise wonders in her ehange:
Not truly penitent, but ehief to try

Her husband, how far urged his patienee bears, 755
His virtue or weakness wnieh way to assail:
Then with more eautious and instrueted skill
Again transgresses, i.nd again submits;
That wisest and best men, full off beguiled,

732. With doubtful fett. The seene between 8amson ami Daliia is drawn up with great jndgment and partieular beauty. One eaunot eoneeive a more artful, soft, and persnasive eloqnenee, than that whieh is put into the mouth of Daliia; nor is the part of 8amson lews to be adndred for that stern and resolute firmuess whieh runs tbrongh it. What also gives both parts a great additional

beauty, is their forming so fine a eontrast to eaeh othee.—Tnser.

748. The Hyama is a ereature somewhat iike a wolf, and is said to imitate a human voiee so aptly as to draw people to it. and then devonr them.—Nbvfton.

750. That wisest and best men, Ae . Miiton bsd reason to lament that exeess of indulgenee with whieh he forgave and reeeived again his disobedient and long

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