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Man. Of ruin indeed methought I heard the noise : Oh it continues, they have llain my son.
Cho. Thy son is rather saying them, that outcry From slaughter of one foe could not ascend.
MAN. Some dismal accident it needs must be; What shall we do? Itay here, or run and see? 1520
Cho. Best keep together here, left running thither We unawares run into danger's mouth, This evil on the Philistines is fall’n; From whom could elfe a general cry be heard ? The sufferers then will scarce moleft us here, 1525 From other hands we need not much to fear. What if, his eye-light (for to Ifrael's God Nothing is hard) by miracle restor'd, He now be dealing dole among his foes, And over heaps of slaughter'd walk his way ? 1530
Man. That were a joy presumptuous to be thought.
Cho. Yet God hath wrought things as incredible For his people of old; what hinders now?
Man. He can I know, but doubt to think he will; Yet hope would fain subscribe, and tempts belief. 1535 A little stay will bring fome notice hither.
Cho. Of, good or bad so great, of bad the sooner;
Mess. O whither fhall I run, or which way fly
But providence or instinct of nature seems, 1545
MAN. The accident was loud, and here before thee
Mess. It would burst forth, but I recover breath And sense distract, to know well what I utter.
Man. Tell us the sum, the circumstance defer.
Mess. Gaza yet stands, but all her sons are fall'n, All in a moment overwhelm'd and fall’n.
MAN. Sad, but thou know'st to Ifraelites not saddest, The desolation of a hostile city.
Man. That still leffens
Mess. Ah Manoah, I refrain too suddenly 1565
MAN. Suspense in news is torture, speak them out. Mess. Take then the worst in brief, Samson is dead.
MAN. The worst indeed, O all my hopes defeated: To free him hence! but death who sets all free
Hath paid his ransom now and full discharge.
Mess. Unwounded of his enemies he fell.
Man. Self-violence? what caufe
1585 Among his foes ?
Mess. Inevitable cause,
Man. O lastly over-strong against thyself! 1590
1595 Mess. Occasions drew me early to this city, And as the gates I enter'd with sun-rise, The morning trumpets festival proclam’d Through each high-street: little I had dispatch'd, When all abroad was rumor'd that this day 1600
Samson should be brought forth, to show the people
among these aloof obscurely stood. The feast and noon grew high, and sacrifice Had fill'd their hearts with mirth, high chear, and wine, When to their sports they turn'd. Immediately Was Samson as a public servant brought, In their state livery clad; before him pipes And timbrels, on each side went armed guards, Both horse and foot, before him and behind Archers and Ningers, cataphracts and spears. At sight of him, the people with a shout 1620 Rifted the air, clamoring their God with praise, Who' had made their dreadful enemy their thrall. He patient but undaunted where they led him, Came to the place, and what was set before him, Which without help of eye might be assay'd, 1625 To heave, pull, draw, or break, he still perform'd All with incredible, stupendous force, None daring to appear antagonist. At length for intermission fake they led him Between the pillars; he his guide requested 1630
(For fo from such as nearer ftood we heard)
fast fix'd he stood, as one who pray'd,
1655 Met from all parts to folemnize this feast. Samson with these immix’d, inevitably Pullid down the same destruction on himself; The vulgar only scap'd who stood without.
Cho. O dearly bought reverge, yet glorious! 1660