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The fumptuous Dalila floting this way:
His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.

Sams. Or peace or not, alike to me he comes.
Cho. His fraught we soon shall know, he now arrives.

HAR. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance,
As these perhaps, yet wish it had not been,
Though for no friendly intent. I am of Gath,
Men call me Harapha, of stock renown'd
As Og or Anak and the Emims old

1080 That Kiriathaim held, thou know't me now If thou at all art known. Much I have heard Of thy prodigious might and feats perform'd Incredible to me, in this displeas’d, That I was never present on the place

1085 Of those encounters, where we might have try'd Each other's force in camp or lifted field; And now am come to see of whom such noise Hath walk'd about, and each limb to survey, If thy appearance answer loud report.

1999 Sams. The way to know were not to see but taste.

Har. Dost thou already single me? I thought Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam'd To' have wrought such wonders with an afs's jaw; 1095 I should have forc'd thee foon with other arms, Or left thy carcass where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory of prowess been recover'd To Palestine, won by a Philistine, From the unforeskin'd race, of whom thou bear'ft 1100 The highest name for valiant acts; that honor


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Certain to' have won by mortal duel from thee,
I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.

[do SAMs. Boaft not of what thou wouldt have done, but What then thou wouldst, thou seeft it in thy hand.

Har. To combat with a blind man I disdain, And thou hast need much washing to be touch'd.

Sams. Such usage as your honorable lords Afford me' assassinated and betray'd, Who durft not with their whole united powers In fight withstand me single and unarm’d, Nor in the house with chamber ambushes Close-banded durft attack me, no not fleeping Till they had hir'd a woman with their gold Breaking her marriage faith to circumvent me. 1115 Therefore without feign'd shifts let be affign'd Some narrow place inclos'd, where fight may give thee, Or rather flight, no great advantage on me; Then put on all thy gorgeous arms, thy helmet And brigandine of brass, thy broad habergeon, 1120 Vant-brass and greves, and gauntlet, add thy spear, A weaver's beam, and feven-times-folded shield, I only with an oaken staff will meet thee, And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron,

Which long shall not withhold me from thy head, 1125 That in a little time while breath remains thee, Thou oft shalt with thyself at Gath to boast Again in safety what thou wouldst have done To Samson, but falt never fee Gath more.

Har. Thou durft not thus disparage glorious arms, Which greatest heroes have in battle worn,

Their ornament and safety, had not spells
And black inchantments, fome magician's art,
Arm’d thee or charm’d thee strong, which thou from

Feign'dst at thy birth was giv'n thee in thy hair, 1135
Where strength can least abide, though all thy hairs
Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back
Of chaf'd wild boars, or ruffled porcupines.

Sams. I know no spells, use no forbidden arts ; My trust is in the living God, who gave me

114 At my nativity this strength, diffus'd No less through all my finews, joints, and bones, Than thine, while I preserv'd these locks unfhorn, The pledge of my unviolated vow. For proof hereof, if Dagon be thy God,

1145 Go to his temple, invocate his aid With solemnest devotion, spread before him How highly it concerns his glory now To frustrate and dissolve these magic spells, Which I to be the power of Israel's God 1150 Avow, and challenge Dagon to the test, Offering to combat thee his champion bold, With th' utmost of his Godhead seconded: Then thou thalt see, or rather to thy forrow Soon feel, whose God is strongest, thine or mine. 1155

Har. Presume not on thy God, whate’er he be Thee he regards not, owns not, hath cut off Quite from his people, and deliver'd up Into thy enemies' hand, permitted them To put out both thine eyes, and fetter'd send thee

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Into the common prison, there to grind
Among the slaves and asses thy comrades,
As good for nothing else, no better service
With those thy boisterous locks, no worthy match
For valor to assail, nor by the sword

1165 Of noble warrior, so to stain his honor, But by the barber's razor best subdued.

Sams. All these indignities, for such they are
From thine, these evils I deserve and more,
Acknowledge them from God inflicted on me 1170
Justly, yet despair not of his final pardon
Whose ear is ever open, and his eye
Gracious to re-admit the suppliant:
In confidence whercof I once again
Defy thee to the trial of mortal fight,

By combat to decide whose God is God,
Thine, or whom I with Israel's sons adore.

Har. Fair honor that thou dost thy God, in trusting
He will accept thee to defend his cause,
A Murderer, a Revolter, and a Robber.

1180 Sams. Tongue-doughty Giant, how doft thou prove

me there?
Har. Is not thy nation subject to our lords ?
Their magistrates confefs'd it, when they took thee
As a league-breaker, and deliver'd bound
Into our hands : for hadft thou not committed 1185
Notorious murder on those thirty men
At Ascalon, who never did thee harm,
Then like a robber Iripp’dst them of their robes ?
The Philistines, when thou hadīt broke the league,


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Went up with armed powers thee only seeking, 1190
To others did no violence nor spoil.

Sams. Among the daughters of the Philistines
I chose a wife, which argued me no foe;
And in your city held my nuptial feast :
But your ill-meaning politician lords,

Under pretence of bridal friends and guests,
Appointed to await me thirty spies,
Who threatning cruel death constrain’d the bride
To wring from me and tell to them my secret,
That solv'd the riddle which I had propos’d.
When I perceiv'd all set on enmity,
As on my enemies, wherever chanc'd,
I us’d hostility, and took their spoil
To pay my underminers in their coin.
My nation was subjected to your lords.

1205 It was the force of conqueft; force with force Is well ejected when the conquer'd can. But I a private person, whom my country As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum'd Single rebellion, and did hostile acts. I was no private but a person rais’d With strength sufficient and command from Heaven To free my country; if their servile minds Me their deliverer sent 'would not receive, But to their masters gave me up for nought, 1215 Th’unworthier they; whence to this day they serve. I was to do my part from Heav'n aflign’d, And had perform'd it, if my known offense Had not disabled me, not all your force :



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