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Living or dying thou hast fulfill'd
1 SEMICHOR. While their hearts were jocund and
2 SEMICHOR. But he, though blind of fight,
From under alhes into sudden flame,
1700 That no second knows nor third, And lay ere while a holocaust, From out her ashy womb now teem'd, Revives, reflorishes, then vigorous most When most unactive deem'd,
1705 And though her body die, her fame survives A fecular bird ages of lives.
Man. Come, come, no time for lamentation now, Nor much more cause; Samson hath quit himself Like Samson, and heroicly hath finish'd
1710 A life heroic, on his enemies Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning, And lamentation to the sons of Caphtor Through all Philiftian bounds, to Israel Honor hath left, and freedom, let but them 1715 Find courage to lay hold on this occasion; To' himself and father's house eternal fame; And which is best and happiest yet, all this With God not parted from him, as was fear’d, But favoring and assisting to the end.
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
1735 With all his trophies hung, and acts inrollid In copious legend, or sweet lyric song. Thither shall all the valiant youth resort, And from his memory inflame their breasts To matchless valor, and adventures high: 174.0 The virgins also shall on feaftful days Visit his tomb with flowers, only bewailing His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice, From whence captivity and loss of eyes. Cho. All is best, though we oft doubt,
1745 What th' unsearchable dispose of highest wisdom brings about, And ever best found in the close. Oft he seems to hide his face, But unexpectedly returns,
1750 VOL. III,
And to his faithful champion hath in place
END OF SAMSON AGONISTES.