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That what I menscion'd was of God} I knew From intimate impulse, and therefore urg'd >The Marriage on> that by occasion hence I might begin' Israel's Deliverance, The work to which I was divinely call'd. She proving false, the next I tpok to Wife (O that I nevet had! fond wish too late,) :, Was in the Vale of Sorec, DaMa^ That specious Monster, my accomplisht snare. I thought it lawful from my former a6fc, , And the same end 3 still watching to oppress Israel's Oppressors: of what now I suffer She was not the prime cause, but I my fclf, J Who vanquisht with a peal o f words weakness V) Gave up my fort of silence to a Woman* • Chor. In seeking just occasion to provoke The Thilifiin, thy Country's Enemy, Thou never wast remiss, I bear thee witness: Yet Israel still serves with all his Sons: "•
Sams. That fault I take not on me, but transfer On Israels Governors, and Heads of Tribes, Who feeing those great acts which God had done
Singly by me against their Conquerors
Acknowledge not, or not all consider'd
Deliv'rance offer'd: I on th' other side
Us'd no ambition to commend my deeds,
The deeds themselves, though mute, spoke loud the
But they persisted deaf, and would not seem [^oer>
To count them things worth notice, till at length
Their Lords the Tbilistins with gathers pow'rs
Enter'd Judea seeking me, who then *
Safe to the rock of Etham was retir'd,
Not flying, but fore-casting in what place
To set upon them what advantag'd best*
Mean while the men of Judah to prevent
The harfass of their Land beset me round;
I willingly on some conditions came
Into their hands, and they as gladly yield me
To the uncircumcis'd a welcom prey, ,
Bound with two cordsj but cords to me were threds
Toucht with the flame: on their whole Hoast I flew
Unarm'd, and with a trivial weapon fell'd
Their choicest youth} they only liv'd who fled.
Had Judah that day join'd, or one whole Tribe*
They had by this possess'd the Tow'rs of Gath,
And lorded over them whom now they serve $
r But what more oft in Nations grown corrupt,
I And by their vices brought to servitude,
'Than to love Bondage more than Liberty,
Bondage with ease than strenuous Liberty -y
And to delpise, or envy, or suspect
Whom God hath of his special favour rais'd
As their Deliv'rer j if he aught begin,
How frequent to desert him, and at last
To heap ingratitude on worthiest deeds?
Chor. Thy words to my remembrance bring
How Succoth and the Fort of Tenuel
Their great Deliverer contemn'd,
The matchless Gideon in pursuit
OtMadian and her vanquisht Kings:
And how ingrateful Ephraim
Had dealt with Jephtha} who by argument,
Not worse than by his shield and spear
Defended Israel from the Ammonite•,
Had not his prowess quell'd their pride
In that fore battel when so many dy'd
Without Reprieve adjudg'd to death,
For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth.
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Sams. Of such examples add me to the roul,
Me easily indeed mine may neglect,
But God's propos'd deliverance not fo.
Chor Just are the ways of God,
And justifiable to Men } . I
Unless there be who think not God at all,
If any be, they walk obscure }
For of such Doctrine never was there School*
But the heart of the Fool,
And no man therein Doctor but himself.
Yet more there be who doubt his ways not juft,
As to his own edicts found contradicting,
Then give the reins to wandring thought,
Regardless of his Glory's diminution-,
Till by their own perplexities involv'd
They ravel more, still less resolv'd,
But never find self-satisfying solution.
As if they would confine th' interminable,
And tie him to his own prescript,
Who made our Laws to bind us, not himself,
And hath full right t'exempt
Whom so it pleases him by choice
From National obstriction, without tainc
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Of sin, or legal debt}
For with his own Laws he can best dispense.
He would not else who never wanted means,
Nor in respect of th' enemy just cause
To set his people free,
Have prompted this Heroick Nazarite
Against his vow of strictest purity,
To seek in marriage that fallacious Bride,
Down Reason then, at least vain reasonings down,
Though Reason here aver
That moral verdict quits her of unclean:
Unchaste was subsequent, her stain not his.
But fee here comes thy rev'rend Sire With careful step, Locks white as down, Old Manoab: advise
Forthwith how thou oughtst to receive him.
Sams. Ay me, another inward grief awak'd With mention of that name renews th' assault.
Man. Brethren and men of for such ye seem, Though in this uncouth place j if old respect, As I suppose, toward your once glory'd friend, My Son now .Captive? hither hath inform'd
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