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Of those who have me in their civil power.
CHO. Where the heart joins not, outward acts defile SAMS. Where outward force constrains, the fen
But who constrains me to the temple' of Dagon, 1370
For fome important cause, thou need'st not doubt. CHO. How thou wilt here come off furmounts my
SAMS. Be of good courage, I begin to feel
Some rousing motions in me, which dispose
CHO. In time thou haft refolv'd, the man returns.
To thee I am bid fay. Art thou our slave,
Our captive, at the public mill our drudge,
Difpute thy coming? come without delay;
And hamper thee, as thou shalt come of force,
Mafters' commands come with a power refiftlefs
Yet this be fure, in nothing to comply
OFF. I praise thy resolution: doff these links: 1410 By this compliance thou wilt win the lords
To favor, and perhaps to fet thee free.
SAMS. Brethren, farewel; your company along I will not wish, left it perhaps offend them
To fee me girt with friends; and how the fight 1415 Of me as of a common enemy,
So dreaded once, may now exasperate them,
I know not: lords are lordliest in their wine ;
Our God, our Law, my Nation, or myself,
The laft of me or no I cannot warrant.
CHO. Go, and the holy One
Of Ifrael be thy guide
To what may serve his glory best, and spread his name
Great among the Heathen round;
Send thee the Angel of thy birth, to stand
Faft by thy fide, who from thy father's field
Rode up in flames after his message told
Of thy conception, and be now a shield
Of fire; that Spirit that first rush'd on thee
Be efficacious in thee now at need:
For never was from Heav'n imparted
Measure of strength so great to mortal feed,
Or of him bringing to us fome glad news?
MAN. Peace with you, Brethren; my inducement
Was not at present here to find my fon,
By order of the lords new parted hence
To come and play before them at their feaft.
I heard all as I came, the city rings,
CHO. That hope would much rejoice us to partake With thee; fay, reverend Sire, we thirst to hear.
MAN. I have attempted one by one the lords,
The reft was magnanimity to remit,
If fome convenient ranfom were propos'd.
What noise or shout was that? it tore the sky.
CHO. Doubtless the people shouting to behold Their once great dread, captive, and blind before them, Or at fome proof of strength before them shown. 1475 MAN. His ransom, if my whole inheritance May compafs it, fhall willingly be paid
And number'd down: much rather I fhall choose
To live the pooreft in my tribe, than richest,
And he in that calamitous prison left.
No, I am fix'd not to part hence without him.
For his redemption all my patrimony,
If need be, I am ready to forego
And quit: not wanting him I shall want nothing.
CHO. Fathers are wont to lay up for their fons, 1485 Thou for thy fon art bent to lay out all:
Sons wont to nurse their parents in old age,
Thou in old age car'ft how to nurse thy fon
Ufelefs, and thence ridiculous about him.
And fince his strength with eye-fight was not loft,
CHо. Thy hopes are not ill founded nor feem vain Of his delivery, and thy joy thereon
Conceiv'd, agreeable to a father's love,
In both which we, as next, participate.
MAN. I know your friendly minds, and---O what Mercy of Heaven, what hideous noise was that! Horribly loud, unlike the former shout.
CHO. Noife call you it, or universal groan,
As if the whole inhabitation perish'd!
Blood, death, and deathful deeds are in that noise,