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Man. Of ruin indeed methought I heard the noise : Oh it continues, they have sain my son.
Cho. 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? 1520
Cho. Best keep together here, lest running thither We unawares run into danger's mouth. This evil on the Philistines is fall’n; From whom could elle a general cry be heard ? The sufferers then will scarce molest 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 hcaps of Naughter'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 shall 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.
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 cause
Mess. Inevitable cause,
MAN. O lastly cver-strong against thyself !
Samson should be brought forth, to Mow the people
(For so from such as nearer stood we heard)
1635 Felt in his arms, with head a while inclin'd, And eyes
fait fix'd he stood, as one who pray’d, Or some great matter in his mind revolv'd : At last with head erect thus cry'd aloud, Hitherto, Lords, what your commands impos d 1640 I have perform'd, as reason was, obeying, Not without wonder or delight beheld: Now of my own accord such other trial I mean to show you of my strength, yet greater; As with amaze shall strike all who behold. This utter'd, straining all his nerves he bow'd, As with the force of winds and water pents, When mountains tremble, those two mally pillars With horrible convulsion to and fro, He tugg'd, he shook, till down they came, and drew The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder Upon the heads of all who fat beneath, Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests, Their choice nobility and flower, not only Of this but each Philiftian city round,
1655 Met from all parts to folemnize this feast. Samson with these immix’d, inevitably Pull'd down the same destruction on himself; The vulgar only fcap'd who stood without. Cho. O dearly-bought revenge, yet glorious! 1660