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2 SEMICHOR. But he though blind of sight, Despis'd and thought extinguish'd quite, With inward eyes illuminated, His fiery virtue rous'd
1690 From under ashes into sudden flame, 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 seem’d, Like the self-begotten bird In the Arabian woods imbost,
1700 That no second knows nor third, And lay ere while a holocaust, From out her ashy womb now teem’d, Revives, reflorishes, 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 cause; Samson hath quit himself Like Samson, and heroicly hath finish'd 1710 A life heroic, on his enemies Fully reveng'd, 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 thema Find courage to lay hold on his 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. 1720 Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock 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 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 1730 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 Of laurel ever green, and branching palm, With all his trophies hung, and acts inrollid In copious legend, or sweet lyric song, Thither shall all the valiant youth resort, And from his memory inflame their breasts To matchless valour, and adventures high : 1740 The virgins also shall on feastful days Visit his tomb with flow'rs, only bewailing His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice, From whence captivity and loss of eyes.
CHOR. All is best, though we oft doubt What th' unscarchable dispose
Of highest Wisdom brings about,
COMUS, A MASK.
Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634, before the Earl of
Bridgewater, then President of Wales.
The attendant SPIRIT, afterwards in the halit
The chief persons who presented were,
The first Scene discovers a wild wood.---The attendant
SPIRIT decends or enters.
Berore the starry threshold of Jove's court
But to my task. Neptune besides the sway