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With goodness principled not to reject
Dal. Yet hear me, Samson; not that I endeavour
795 How to endear, and hold thee to me firmest: No better way I saw than by impórtuning To learn thy secrets, get into my power The key of strength and safety: thou wilt say, Why then reveal’d? I was assured by those Who tempted me, that nothing was design'd Against thee but safe custody, and hold: That made for me; I knew that liberty Would draw thee forth to perilous enterprises, While I at home sat full of cares and fears, Wailing thy absence in my widow'd bed: Here I should still enjoy thee, day and night,
alienated wife; since their re-union not pathetic lines strike me as a forcible allu only disquieted his days, but gave birthsion to his own connubial infelicity to daughters who seem to have inherited | HAYLEY. the perversity of their mother. These
Mine and love's prisoner, not the Philistines';
Sams. How cunningly the sorceress displays
Dål. Since thou determinest weakness for no plea
825. Such pardon, &c. These senti- | poet's own highly-principled mind.ments of self condemnation are expressed | DUNSTER. with wonderful dignity, reflecting all/ 850. Thou know'st, &c. See Judges the noble and resolute virtue of the xvi. 5.
A common enemy, who had destroy'd
Saus. I thought where all thy circling wiles would end;
875 I, before all the daughters of my tribe And of my nation, chose thee from among My enemies, loved thee, as too well thou knew'st; Too well; unbosom'd all my secrets to thee, Not out of levity, but overpower'd By thy request, who could deny thee nothing; Yet now am judged an enemy. Why then Didst thou at first receive me for thy husband, Then, as since then, thy country's foe profess'd? Being once a wife, for me thou wast to leave Parents and country; nor was I their subject, Nor under their protection, but my own; Thou mine, not theirs: if aught against my life Thy country sought of thee, it sought unjustly, Against the law of nature, law of nations; No more thy country, but an impious crew Of men conspiring to uphold their state By worse than hostile deeds; violating the ends
857. And the priest, &c. The charac 867. That lo the publick good ter of the priest, which makes a conspi. Private respects must yield. How incuous figure here, is the poet's own addi genious has the great Adversary of souls tion to the scriptural account. It is beeu, in all ages, in suggesting to men obviously a satire on the ministers of the arguments that would quiet their conchurch.-DUNSTER. But have not " minis sciences in the perpetration of crime! ters of the church” in no small numbers, So in our own day it has been blasphebeen found, in all ages, apologists for mously asserted by thousands high in wrong? Did not the abolition of the position and influence, that a man is slave-trade by England find some of its bound to obey an infamous law of the strongest opponents among the bishops land, however his conscience may tell him in the House of Lords? And who have it conflicts with the higher law" of God. exerted a greater influence in our own 885. Being once a wife, &c. Here seems country, in apologizing for and sustnin azain an allusion to the poet's own case, ing our own iniquitous system of slavery, with reference to the cause of the Parliathan many “ministers," of all denomina mentarians against that of the king, to tions, both North and South.
which his wife w attached.-BRYDGES
For which our country is a name so dear;
Dal. In argument with men a woman ever
Sams. For want of words no doubt, or lack of breath: 905 Witness when I was worried with thy peals.
DAL. I was a fool, too rash, and quite mistaken In what I thought would have succeeded best. Let me obtain forgiveness of thee, Samson; Afford me place to show what recompense
910 Towards thee I intend for what I have misdone, Misguided; only what remains past cure Bear not too sensibly, nor still insist To afflict thyself in vain: though sight be lost, Life yet hath many solaces, enjoy'd Where other senses want not their delights At home in leisure and domestick ease, Exempt from many a care and chance, to which Eye-sight exposes daily men abroad. I to the lords will intercede, not doubting Their favourable ear, that I may fetch thee From forth this loathsome prison-house, to abido With me, where my redoubled love and care With nursing diligence, to me glad office, May ever tend about thee to old age With all things grateful cheer'd, and so supplied, That, what by me thou hast lost, thou least shalt miss.
Sams. No, no; of my condition take no care; It fits not; thou and I long since are twain: Nor think me so unwary or accursed, To bring my feet again into the snare Where once I have been caught: I know thy trains, Though dearly to my cost, thy gins, and toils: Thy fair enchanted cup, and warbling charms, No more on me have power; their force is null’d; So much of adder's wisdom I have learn’d, To fence my ear against thy sorceries. If in my flower of youth and strength, when all men Loved, honour'd, fear'd me, thou alone couldst hate me Thy husband, slight me, sell me, and forego me; 940 How wouldst thou use me now, blind, and thereby Deceivable, in most things as a child Helpless, thence easily contemn’d, and scorn'd,
936. Adder's wisdom, alluding to Ps. lviii. 4, 5.
And last neglected! How wouldst thou insult,
Sams. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance wake
Dal. I see thou art implacable, more deaf
Bid go with evil omen, and the brand
973. On both his urings. I do not recol. | Infamy, and another from Victory or lect any instance of Fame having two Glory.-DUXSTER. wings of different colours assigned by 989. Jael is celebrated in the noble any of the Roman poets. Milton seems song of Deborah and Barak, Judges v to have equipped his deity very charac | See also, Judges iv. 5. teristically, hy borrowing one wing from