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And though her body die, her fame survives,
A secular Bird ages of lives,

Man. Come, come, no time for lamentation now
Nor much more cause, Samson hath quit himself
Like Samson, and heroickly hath finish'd
A life Heroick, on his Enemies
Fully reveng'd, hath left them years of mourning,
And lamentation to the Sons of Chapter
Through all Thilistian bounds. To Israel
Honour hath left, and freedom, let but them
Find courage to lay hold on this occasion,
To himself and Fathers house eternal fame}
And which is best and happiest yet, all this
With God not parted from him, as was fear cl,
But favouring and assisting to the end.
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail
Or knock the breast, no weakness, no contempt,
Dispraise, or blame, nothing but well and fair*
And what may quiet us in a de*th so noble.
Liet us go find the body where it lies .
Sok'd in his enemies blood, and from the stream
With lavers pure and cleansing herbs wash off
The clodded gore. I with what speed the while

4- (Gazia

{Gaza is not in plight to fay us nay)
Will fend for all my kindred, all my friends
To fetch him hence and solemnly attend
With silent obsequie and funeral train j..
Home to his Father's house: there will I build, him,
A Monument, and plant it round with (hade .
Of Laurel ever green, and branching.Pajin^^ j
With all his Trophies hung, and Acts enroll'd
In copious Legend, or sweet Lyrick Song.
Thither sliall all the valiant youth resort,
And from his memory inflame their breasts
To matchless valourjaud srtlventures high:
The Virgins also shall on seastful days
Visit his Tomb with flowers, only bewailing
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice,
From whence captivity and loss of eyes.

Chor. All is best, though we oft doubt,
What th'unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings about,
And ever best found in the close.'!

Oft hfrseems to hide his face,

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But unexpectedly returns

And to his faithful Champion hath in place

N a v Bore Bore witness gloriously } whence Gaza mournsPOEMS

And all that band them to resist.

His uncontrollable intent,

His servant he with new acquist

Of true experience from this great event

With peace and consolation hath dismist,

And calm of mind all passion spent.

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UPON

Several Occasions.

Compos'd at several times.

B Y

Mr. JOHN MILTON.

The Fourth Edition.

LONDON,

Printed for Jacob Tonson, within Grays-Inn Gate next Grays-Inn Lane. 1707.

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