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That invincible Samson, far renown'd,
character of Manoah to represent
Mulier, amicum solis hoc magni ju. him, as Milton does, even com
Dulce et tueri maria cum venti silent: plaining and murmuring at this
Dulce est et amnis largus, et vernans disposition of heaven, in the first
humus: bitterness of his soul. Such sud- Sunt aliis pulchra multa, quæ possum den starts of infirmity are ascribed addere, to some of the greatest person
Sed crede nullum gratius spectaculum
est, ages in Scripture, and it is agree
Quam post querelas orbitatis tetricæ, able to that well known maxim,
Conspicere florem libci úm orientem that religion may regulate, but domi. can never eradicate, natural pas- Eurip. Barnes, p. 443. Calton. sions and affections. . Thyer. 354. And such a son &c.] It is 352. I pray'd for children, and very hard that the editors of thought barrenness
Milton have never taken the In wedlock a reproach ;] pains to correct the errors of the Some lines from a fragment of first edition, which he had himEuripides may be introduced self corrected. This verse at first here. They are very beautiful, was printed imperfect, and it has and not impertinent.
been followed in all the editions, Γυναι, φιλον μεν φεγγος ήλιου τοδε,
Such a son as all men hail'd me Καλον δε ποντου χευμ’ ιδειν ευηνεμών,
happy ; Int' nguvos bandovou, thouriouf üdwe
And was wanting in the beginΠολλων σ' επαινον εστι μοι λεξει καλων. Αλλ' ουδεν ούτω λαμπρον, ουδ' ιδειν καλον,
ning, Ως τους απαισι, και ποθώ διδηγμενους, And such a son as all men hailld me Παιδων νεογνων εν δομσις ιδειν φαος.
Who would be now a father in my stead?
so Milton himself corrected it, 359. --then giv'n with solemn and so Mr. Jortin and Mr.
hand Sympson conjectured it should
As graces, draw a scorpion's be read. And at the time of
tail behind ?] writing this, in all probability He has raised this beautiful the author remembered the imagery on the following text, happy father in Terence. An- Luke xi. 12. If a son shall ask dria i. i. 69.
of his father an egg, will he offer Cum id mihi placebat, tum uno ore him a scorpion ? He was not al
ways so happy. Warburton. Bona dicere, et laudare fortunas
373. Appoint] That is, armeas, Qui natum haberem tali ingenio raign, summon to answer. Warpræditum.
burton. VOL. III.
Sole author I, sole cause : if ought seem vile,
391, -treason against me?] By our laws called petty treason. Richardson.
401. She sought] So it is in Milton's own edition; in most of the others She thought.
Tongue-batteries, she surceas'd not day nor night
this grinding is not yet so base
411.-0 indignity! O blot &c.] there is something vastly grand Nothing could give the reader a and noble in his reflection upon better idea of a great and heroic his present condition on this ocspirit in the circumstances of casion, Samson, than this sudden gust
These rags, this grinding is not yet of indignation and passionate so base &c. self-reproach upon the mention
Thyer. ing of his weakness. Besides
To violate the sacred trust of silence
434. This day the Philistines a improved, and with great judg. popular feast &c.] Judg. xvi. 23. ment he hath put this reproach Then the lords of the Philistines of Samson into the mouth of the gathered them together, for to offer father, rather than any other of a great sacrifice unto Dagon their the dramatis personæ. God, and to rejoice; for they said, 449. -pomp] Public procesOur God hath delivered Samson sion, &c. See note, Par. Lost, our enemy into our hand, &c. viii. 60. and below, ver. 1312. This incident the poet hath finely E.