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Chor. That hope would much rejoice us to partake This evil on the Philistines is fall'n: With thee; say, reverend sire, we thirst to hear.
Man I have attempted one by one the lords,
To accept of ransom for my son their prisoner.
Or at some proof of strength before them shown.
And quit: not wanting him, I shall want nothing.
Man. I know your friendly minds and-O what
Chor. Noise call you it, or universal groan,
From whom could else a general cry be heard?
Man. He can, I know, but doubt to think he will,
Chor. Of good or bad so great, of bad the sooner;
Mess. O whither shall I run, or which way fly
Man. The accident was loud, and here before thee
Man. Tell us the sum, the circumstance defer.
Man. Sad, but thou know'st to Israelites not saddest
That still lessens
The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
To free him hence! but death, who sets all free,
Man. Of ruin indeed methought I heard the noise: How died he; death to life is crown or shame. Oh! it continues, they have slain my son.
Chor. Thy son is rather slaying them: that outcry From slaughter of one foe could not ascend.
Man. Some dismal accident it needs must be; What shall we do, stay here or run and see?
Chor. Best keep together here, lest, running thither,
We unawares run into danger's mouth.
All by him fell, thou say'st: by whom fell he?
Mess. Unwounded of his enemies he fell. [plain.
At once both to destroy, and be destroy'd; The edifice, where all were met to see him, Upon their heads and on his own he pull'd. Man. O lastly over-strong against thyself! A dreadful way thou took'st to thy revenge.
Met from all parts to solemnize this feast.
More than enough we know; but while things yet The work for which thou wast foretold
Are in confusion, give us, if thou canst,
Mess. Occasions drew me early to this city;
The building was a spacious theatre
The feast and noon grew high, and sacrifice [wine,
At length for intermission's sake they led him
I mean to show you of my strength, yet greater,
He tugg'd, he shook, till down they came, and drew,
To Israel, and now liest victorious
Not willingly, but tangled in the fold
Of dire necessity, whose law in death conjoin'd
And urg'd them on with mad desire
Their own destruction to come speedy upon them.
Fall'n into wrath divine,
As their own ruin on themselves to invite,
And with blindness internal struck.
2. Semichor. But he, though blind of sight,
From under ashes into sudden flame,
Of tame villatic fowl; but as an eagle
Depress'd, and overthrown, as seem'd,
In the Arabian woods embost,
And, though her body die, her fame survives
Man. Come, come; no time for lamentation now Nor much more cause; Samson hath quit himself Like Samson, and heroicly hath finish'd
A life heroic, on his enemies
Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning,
Soak'd in his enemies' blood; and from the stream
Will send for all my kindred, all my friends,
To fetch him hence, and solemnly attend
With silent obsequy, and funeral train,
The idle spear and shield were high up hung; The hooked chariot stood
Unstain'd with hostile blood;
The trumpet spake not to the armed throng; And kings sat still with awful eye,
As if they surely knew their sovran Lord was by.
Home to his father's house: there will I build him But peaceful was the night,
A monument, and plant it round with shade
Of laurel ever-green, and branching palm,
But unexpectedly returns,
And to his faithful champion hath in place
Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns,
His uncontrollable intent;
His servants he, with new acquist
Of true experience, from this great event
Wherein the Prince of light
His reign of peace upon the Earth began:
'Whispering new joys to the mild ocean,
[wave. While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed
The stars, with deep amaze,
Bending one way their precious influence;
Or Lucifer that often warn'd them thence;
Until their Lord himself bespake, and bid them go.
And, though the shady gloom
Had given day her room,
The Sun himself withheld his wonted speed, And hid his head for shame,
As his inferior flame
The new-enlighten'd world no more should need: He saw a greater Sun appear
Than his bright throne, or burning axletree, could
The lonely mountains o'er,
And the resounding shore,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
Edg'd with poplar pale,
The parting genius is with sighing sent; [keep. With flower-inwoven tresses torn,
And the well-balanc'd world on hinges hung; And cast the dark foundations deep,
And bid the weltering waves their oozy channel
Ring out, ye crystal spheres,
If ye have power to touch our senses so;
Move in melodious time;
And let the base of Heaven's deep organ blow; And with your ninefold harmony,
Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.
For, if such holy song
Time will run back, and fetch the age of gold; And speckled Vanity
Will sicken soon and die,
And leprous Sin will melt from earthly mould;
And Hell itself will pass away,
The Lars, and Lemures, moan with midnight
A drear and dying sound
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint;
While each peculiar Power foregoes his wonted seat.
Forsake their temples dim,
With that twice-batter'd god of Palestine;
Heaven's queen and mother both,
Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine;
And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day. In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz
Yea, Truth and Justice then
Will down return to men,
Orb'd in a rainbow; and, like glories wearing, Mercy will sit between,
Thron'd in celestial sheen,
With radiant feet the tissued clouds down steering;
And Heaven, as at some festival,
And sullen Moloch, fled,
Hath left in shadows dread
His burning idol all of blackest hue;
In vain with cymbals' ring
They call the grisly king,
In dismal dance about the furnace blue:
Will open wide the gates of her high palace hall. Isis, and Orus, and the dog Anubis, haste.
So both himself and us to glorify:
Yet first, to those ychain'd in sleep,
Nor is Osiris seen
In Memphian grove or green,
Trampling the unshower'd grass with lowings Nor can he be at rest
Within his sacred chest ;
Nought but profoundest Hell can be his shroud;
[the deep; In vain with timbrell'd anthems dark
The wakeful trump of doom must thunder through The sable-stoled sorcerers bear his worshipt ark.
Fly after the night-steeds, leaving their mocn-lov'd
But see, the Virgin blest
Hath laid her babe to rest;
Time is, our tedious song should here have ending: Heaven's youngest-teemed star
Hath fix'd, her polish'd car,
Her sleeping Lord with handmaid lamp attending And all about the courtly stable
N 2 Inspires the pale-ey'd priests from the prophetic cell. Bright-harness'd angels sit in order serviceable.
EDMUND WALLER, born at Coleshill, Hertford- Waller had a brother-in-law, named Tomkyns shire, in March, 1605, was the son of Robert Wal-who was clerk of the queen's council, and possess ler, Esq., a gentleman of an ancient family and good ed great influence in the city among the warm fortune, who married a sister of the celebrated John loyalists. On consulting together, they thought it Hampden. The death of his father during his infancy would be possible to raise a powerful party, which left him heir to an estate of 3500l. a year, at that might oblige the parliament to adopt pacific measperiod an ample fortune. He was educated first at ures, by resisting the payment of the taxes levied Eton, whence he was removed to King's College for the support of the war. About this time Sir in Cambridge. His election to parliament was as Nicholas Crispe formed a design of more dangerous early as between his sixteenth or seventeenth year; import, which was that of exciting the king's and it was not much later that he made his appear- friends in the city to an open resistance of the au ance as a poet and it is remarkable that a copy of thority of parliament; and for that purpose he obverses which he addressed to Prince Charles, in his tained a commission of array from his majesty. eighteenth year, exhibits a style and character of This plan appears to have been originally unconversification as perfectly formed as those of his nected with the other; yet the commission was maturest productions. He again served in parlia-made known to Waller and Tomkyns, and the whole ment before he was of age; and he continued his was compounded into a horrid and dreadful plot. services to a later period. Not insensible of the Waller and Tomkyns were apprehended, when the value of wealth, he augmented his paternal fortune pusillanimity of the former disclosed the whole by marriage with a rich city heiress. In the long secret. "He was so confounded with fear," (says intermissions of parliament which occurred after Lord Clarendon,) "that he confessed whatever he 1628, he retired to his mansion of Beaconsfield, had heard, said, thought, or seen, all that he knew where he continued his classical studies, under the of himself, and all that he suspected of others, with direction of his kinsman Morley, afterwards bishop out concealing any person, of what degree or qualiof Winchester; and he obtained admission to a ty soever, or any discourse which he had ever upon society of able men and polite scholars, of whom any occasion entertained with them." The concluLord Falkland was the connecting medium. sion of this business was, that Tomkyns, and Cha
Waller became a widower at the age of twenty-loner, another conspirator, were hanged, and that five: he did not, however, spend much time in Waller was expelled the House, tried, and conmourning, but declared himself the suitor of Lady demned; but after a year's imprisonment, and a fine Dorothea Sydney, eldest daughter of the Earl of of ten thousand pounds, was suffered to go into Leicester, whom he has immortalized under the exile. He chose Rouen for his first place of foreign poetical name of Saccharissa. She is described by exile, where he lived with his wife till his removal him as a majestic and scornful beauty; and he to Paris. In that capital he maintained the appearseems to delight more in her contrast, the gentler ance of a man of fortune, and entertained hospitaAmoret, who is supposed to have been a Lady So-bly, supporting this style of living chiefly by the phia Murray. Neither of these ladies, however, sale of his wife's jewels. At length, after the lapse was won by his poetic strains; and, like another of ten years, being reduced to what he called his man, he consoled himself in a second marriage.
rump jewel, he thought it time to apply for perWhen the king's necessities compelled him, in mission to return to his own country. He obtained 1640, once more to apply to the representatives this license, and was also restored to his estate, of the people, Waller, who was returned for Ag- though now diminished to half its former rental. mondesham, decidedly took part with the members Here he fixed his abode, at a house built by himwho thought that the redress of grievances should self, at Beaconsfield; and he renewed his courtly precede a vote for supplies; and he made an ener-strains by adulation to Cromwell, now Protector, getic speech on the occasion. He continued during to whom his mother was related. To this usurper three years to vote in general with the Opposition the noblest tribute of his muse was paid. in the Long Parliament, but did not enter into all When Charles II. was restored to the crown, their measures. In particular, he employed much and past character was lightly regarded, the stains cool argument against the proposal for the abolition of that of Waller were forgotten, and his wit and of Episcopacy; and he spoke with freedom and poetry procured him notice at court, and admission severity against some other plans of the House. to the highest circles. He had also sufficient inIn fact, he was at length become a zealous loyalist terest to obtain a seat in the House of Commons, in his inclinations; and his conduct under the dif- in all the parliaments of that reign. The king's ficulties into which this attachment involved him gracious manners emboldened him to ask for the became a source of his indelible disgrace. A short vacant place of provost of Eton college, which was narrative will suffice for the elucidation of this granted him; but Lord Clarendon, then Lord Chancellor, refused to set the seal to the grant, alleging