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CHORUS. Look now for no inchanting voice, nor fear 1065 The bait of honied words ; a rougher tongue Draws hitherward, I know him by his stride, The giant Harapha of Gath, his look Haughty as is his pile high-built and proud. Comes he in peace? what wind hath blown him hither I less conjecture than when first I saw

1071 The sumptuous Dalila floting this way: His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.

S A M SON:
Or peace or not, alike to me he comes.

CHORUS
His fraught we soon shall know, he now arrives,

HARAPHA.
I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance, 1076
As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been,

Though

1075. His franght) For fraught Rapba may likewise fignify simply read fraight. Meadowcourt.

a giant. Of stock renown'd as Og, 1079. Men call me Harapba, &c.] for Og the king of Bafhan was of This character is fictitious, but is the race of the Rephaim, whose properly introduced by the poet, bed was nine cubits long, and four and not without some foundation broad. Deut. III. 11. Or Anak, the in Scripture. Arapha or rather father of the Anakims, and the Rapha (fays Calmet) was father of Emims old, Deut. II. 10, 11. a peothe giants of Rephaim. The word ple great, and many, and tall as the

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Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath,
Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd
As Og or Anak and the Emims old

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That Kiriathaim held, thou know'st me now
If thou at all art known. Much I have heard
Of thy prodigious might and feats perform'd
Incredible to me, in this displeas'd,
That I was never present on the place

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Of those encounters, where we might have try'd
Each other's force in camp or listed field;
And now am come to see of whom such noise
Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey,
If thy appearance answer loud report. 1090

SA MSON.
The way to know were not to see but taste.

HAR A P H A.
Dost thou already single me? I thought

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Anakims ; which also were account the plain of Kiriathaim. ed giants or Rephaim, as the Ana

1081.

-thou know'A me now kims, but the Moabites call them Emims. That Kiriathaim held; for made to speak in the spirit and

If thou at all art known.) He is Gen. XIV. 5. Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, fmote Paradise Lost IV. 830.

almost in the language of Satan. the Rephaims. in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Züzims in Ham, and the Not to know me argues yourEmims in Sbaveb Kiriat baim, or felves unknown.

1093. Gyves]

Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune
Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam'd
To’have wrought such wonders with an asses jaw;
I should have forc'd thee foon with other arms, 1096
Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown:
So had the glory of prowess been recover'd
To Palestine, won by a Philistine,

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From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear'st
The highest name for valiant acts; that honor
Certain to have won by mortal duel from thee,
I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.

SAMSON
Boast not of what thou would'st have done, but do
What then thou would'st, thou seest it in thy hand.

Η Α R Α Ρ Η Α.
To combat with a blind man I disdain,

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1093. Gyves] Chains, fetters. That lets it hop a little from Cymbeline. Ac 5. Sc. 3.

her hand,

Like a poor prisoner in his ---Muft I repent?

twisted I cannot do it better than in

&yves, syves.

And with a filk thred plucks it Romeo and Juliet. Act 2. Sc. 2.

back again, Juliet to Romeo.

So loving jealous of his liberty, 'Tis almoft morning. I would Fairfax. Cant. 5. St. 42. have thee gone,

These hands were made to shake And yet no farther than a wan. ton's bird,

sharp spears and swords,

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And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd.

SAMSON.
Such usage as your honorable lords
Afford me' affaflinated and betray'd,
Who durst not with their whole united powers 1110
In fight withstand me single and unarm’d,
Nor in the house with chamber ambushes
Close-banded durft attack me, no not sleeping
Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold
Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. 1115
Therefore without feign'd shifts let be assign'd
Some narrow place inclos’d, where sight may give

thee,
Or rather flight, no great advantage on me;
Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet
And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, 1120

Vant

Not to be tyd in gyves and XLI. 26. The sword of him that twisted cords,

layeth at bim cannot hold, the Spear,

the dart, nor the habergeon. Spen1120. And brigandine of brass, fer Faery Queen. B. 2. Cant. 6. &c.] Brigandine, a coat of mail. St. 29, Jer. XLVI. 4.- furbis the spears, and put on the brigandines. LI. 3.

Their mighty strokes their ba

bergeons dismail'a. Against him that bendeth, let the

And naked made each others archer bend his bow, and against him

manly spalles. that lifteth himself up in his brigandine. Habergeon, a coat of mail Spalles that is shoulders, Fairfax for the neck and shoulders. Job Cant. 1, St. 72,

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Vant-brass and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear,
A weaver's beam, and fev'n-times-folded shield,
I only with an oaken staff will meet thee,
And raise such qutcries on thy clatter'd iron, 1124
Which long shall not withhold me from thy head,
That in a little time while breath remains thee,
Thou oft shalt with thyself at Gath to boast
Again in safety what thou wouldst have done
To Samson, but shalt never see Gath more.

HAR A PHA.
Thou durft not thus disparage glorious arms,
Which greatest heroes have in battle worn, II31
Their ornament and safety, had not spells
And black inchantments, some magician's art,

Arm'd

Some shirts of mail, some coats His shield was pierc'd, his vantof plate put on,

brace cleft and split. -and some a habergeon. Vant-brafs or Pantbrace, avant

Greves, armour for the legs. 1 Sam. bras, armour for the arms. Troilus XVII, 6. And be had greves of brass and Crellida. Acts. Sc. 6. Neftor upon his legs. Gauntlet, an iron speaks.

glove. 2 Henry IV. Act 1. Sc. 3.

old Northumberland speaks. I'll hide my filver beard in a gold beaver,

Hence therefore, thou nice

crutch ; And in my vantbrace put this wither'd brawn.

A scaly gauntlet now with joints

of steel Fairfax. Cant. 20. St. 139.

Must glove this hand. His left arm wounded had the

add thy Spear, &c] knight of France,

This is Milton's own reading the

other

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