Samson Agonistes (Google eBook)

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Rivingtons, 1890
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Page 49 - God not parted from him, as was feared, But favouring and assisting to the end. 1720 Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast; no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise, or blame; nothing but well and fair, \nd what may quiet us, in a death so noble. Let
Page 50 - And to his faithful champion hath in place Bore witness gloriously; whence Gaza mourns, And all that band them to resist His uncontrollable intent. His servants He, with new acquist Of true experience from this great event, With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind, all passion spent. But
Page 75 - T is almost morning, I would have thee gone, And yet no further than a wanton's bird, Who lets it hop a little from her hand, Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves, And with a silk thread plucks it back again, So loving-jealous of his liberty.
Page 21 - much I feel my genial spirits droop, My hopes all flat: Nature within me seems In all her functions weary of herself; My race of glory run, and race of shame, And I shall shortly be with them that rest. MANOA. Believe not these suggestions, which proceed From anguish of the mind, and humours black 600 To prosecute
Page 24 - 710 Female of sex it seemsó That, so bedecked, ornate, and gay, Comes this way sailing, Like a stately ship Of Tarsus, bound for the isles Of Javan or Gadire, With all her bravery on, and tackle trim, Sails filled, and streamers waving, Courted by all the winds that hold them play ; An amber scent of odorous perfume
Page 67 - I have ventured, Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders, This many summers in a sea of glory; But far beyond my depth my high-blown pride At length broke under me.
Page 51 - What the lofty grave tragedians taught In chorus or iambic, teachers best Of moral prudence, with delight received, In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life; High actions and high passions best describing.
Page 18 - Nothing more certain, will not long defer To vindicate the glory of his name Against all competition, nor will long Endure it doubtful whether God be Lord Or Dagon. But for thee what shall be done ? Thou must not in the meanwhile, here forgot, Lie in this miserable loathsome plight 480
Page 5 - Sophocles, and Euripides, the three Tragic poets unequall'd yet by any, and the best rule to all who endeavour to write Tragedy. The circumscription of time wherein the whole Drama begins and ends, is according to antient rule, and best example, within the space of 24 hours. THE ARGUMENT. SAMSON made Captive, Blind, and now in the Prison
Page 7 - rush upon me thronging, and present O, wherefore was my birth from Heaven foretold Twice by an Angel, who at last, in sight Of both my parents, all in flames ascended From off the altar where an offering burned, As in a fiery column charioting Or benefit revealed to Abraham's race

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