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But thee whose strength, while virtue was her mate,
Sams. I hear the sound of words, their sense the air Diffolves unjointed ere it reach my ear.
Cho. He speaks, let us draw nigh. Matchless in The glory late of Israel, now the grief; [might, We come thy friends and neighbours not unknown 180 From Eshtaol and Zora's fruitful vale, To visit or bewail thee, or if better, Counsel or consolation we may bring, Salve to thy sores; apt words have pow'r to swage The tumors of a troubled mind,
185 And are as balm to fester'd wounds.
SAMs. Your coming, Friends, revives me, for I Now of my own experience, not by talk, [learn How counterfeit a coin they are who friends Bear in their superscription (of the most
190 I would be understood); in prosp’rous days They swarm, but in adverse withdraw their head, Not to be found, though fought. Ye see, O Friends, How many
evils have inclos'd me round; Yet that which was the worst now least affiets me, 195 Blindness, for had I sight, confus’d with shame, How could I once look up, or heave the head, Who like a foolish pilot have shipwrack'd My vessel trusted to me from above, Gloriously rigg'd; and for a word, a tear, Fool, have divulg'd the secret gift of God To a deceitful woman ? tell Friends,
Am I not sung and proverb’d for a fool
Cho. Tax not divine disposal; wisest men
Sams. The first I saw at Timna, and the pleas'd Me, not my parents, that I sought to wed The daughter of an infidel: they knew not That what I motion'd was of God; I knew From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd The marriage on; that by occasion hence I might begin Ifrael's deliverance,
225 The work to which I was divinely call’d. She proving false, the next I took to wife (O that I never had! fond with too late,) Was in the vale of Sorec, Dalila, That specious monster, my accomplish'd snare.
230 I thought it lawful from my former act, And the fame end; still watching to oppress
Israel's oppreffors : of what now I suffer
Cho. In seeking just occasion to provoke
deeds, [doer; The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the But they persisted deaf, and would not seem To count them things worth notice, till at length 250 Their lords the Philistines with gather'd powers Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then Safe to the rock of Etham was retir’d, Not flying, but fore-casting in what place To set upon them, what advantag'd best: 255 Mean while the men of Judah, to prevent The harrass of their land, beset me round; I willingly on some conditions came Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me To the uncircumcis'd a welcome
260 Bound with two cords; but cords to me were threads Touch'd with the flame; on their whole host I flew
Unarm'd, and with a trivial weapon fellid
275 To heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds ?
Cho. Thy words to my remembrance bring
285 Had not his prowess quell'd their pride In that fore battel when so many dy'd Without reprieve adjudg’d to death, For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.
Sams. Of such examples add me to the roll, 290 Me easily indeed mine may neglect, But God's propos'd deliverance not fo.
Cho. Just are the ways of God,
Yet more there be who doubt his ways not just, 309
305 But never find self-fatisfying solution.
As if they would confine th' Interminable,
He would not else who never wanted means, 315
Down reason then, at least vain reasonings down,