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Sams. Wherever fountain or fresh eurrent flow'd
Cun, 0, madness, to think use of strongest wines
Sams. But what avail'd this temperanee, not eomplete
Man. Wilt thou then serve the Philistines with that gift
Sams. All otherwise to me my thoughts portend, 5»o
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
Sams. O, that torment should not be eonfined
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
My griefs not only pain me
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
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
Abstemious I grew up, and thriv'd amain:
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!
Temper'st thy providenee through his short eourse, 070
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,
And people's safety, whieh in part they effeet:
058. 8ougld: Colleeted stndiously or with pains.
Amidst their highth of noon,
Changest thy eountenanee, and thy hand, with no regard
Nor only dost degrade them, or remit
In erude old age; 700
So deal not with this onee thy glorious ehampion, 700
But who is this, what thing of sea or land? 710
Of Tarsus, bound for the isles 710
With all her bravery on, and taekle trim,
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.
Dal. With doubtful feet and wavering resolution
Sams. Out, out, hyaena! these are thy wonted arts,
Her husband, how far urged his patienee bears, 755
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