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Most shines and most is acceptable above.
Therefore God's universal law
1060 But had we best retire, I see a storm?
1071 The sumptuous Dalila floating this way: His habit carries peace, his brow defiance.
1075. His fraught] For fraught read freight. Meadowcourt.
1079. Men call me Harapha, accounted giants or Rephaim, as &c.] This character is fictitious, the Anakims, but the Moabites but is properly introduced by call them Emims. That Kiriathe poet, and not without some thuim held, for Gen. xiv. 5. Chefoundation in Scripture. Arapha, dorlaomer, and the kings that were or rather Rapha, (says Calmet,) with him, smote the Rephaims in was father of the giants of Re- Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuphaim. The word Rapha may zims in Ham, and the Emims in likewise signify simply a giant. Shaveh Kiriathain, or the plain Of stock renowned as Og, for Og of Kiriathaim. the king of Bashan was of the 1081. -thou know'st me now race of the Rephaim, whose bed
If thou at all art known.] was nine cubits long, and four He is made to speak in the spibroad, Deut. iii. 11. Or Anak, rit, and almost in the language, the father of the Anakims, and of Satan, Paradise Lost, iv. the Enims old, Deut. ii. 10, 11, a 830. people great, and many, and tall
Not to know me argues yourselves as the Anakims; which also were unknown.
HARAPHA. Dost thou already single me? I thought Gyves and the mill had tam'd thee. O that fortune Had brought me to the field, where thou art fam’d To’have wrought such wonders with an ass's jaw; 1095 I should have forc'd thee soon with other arms, Or left thy carcase where the ass lay thrown: So had the glory of prowess been recover'd To Palestine, won by a Philistine From the unforeskinn'd race, of whom thou bear'st 1100 The highest name for valiant acts; that honour Certain to have won by mortal duel from thee, I lose, prevented by thy eyes put out.
1093. Gyves] Chains, fetters. Cymbeline, act v. sc. 3.
-Must I repent ?
'Tis almost morning. I would have
That lets it hop a little from her
hand, Like a poor prisoner in his twisted
sharp spears and swords,
And yet no farther than a wanton's
Nor in the house with chamber ambushes
1120. And brigandine of brass,
His left arm wounded had the knight
of France, &c] Brigandine, a coat of mail.
His shield was pierc'd, his vantbrace Jer. li. 3. Against him that bend
cleft and split. eth, let the archer bend his low, Greves, armour for the legs. and against him that lifteth him
1 Sam. xvii. 6. And he had greves self up in his brigandine. Haber
his legs. Gauntlet, geon, a coat of mail for the neck and shoulders. Spenser, Faery i sc. 3. old Northumberland
an iron glove. 2 Henry IV. act Queen, b. ii. cant. 6. st. 29.
speaks. Their mighty strokes, their haber- -Hence therefore, thou nice crutch; geons dismail'd,
A scaly guuntlet now with joints of And naked made each other's manly
Must glove this hand. Spalles, that is, shoulders. Fair- 1121. —add thy spear, &c.] fax, cant. i. st. 72.
This is Milton's own reading:
the other editions have and thy Some shirts of mail, some coats of
spear, which is not so proper, plate put on,
for it cannot well be said in con--and some a habergeon.
struction, put on thy spear. A Vant-brass or Vantbrace, avant- weaver's beam, as Goliath's was, bras, armour for the
1 Sam. xvii. 7. And the staff of Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc.
his spear was like a weaver's beam: 6. Nestor speaks.
and his brother's, 2 Sam. xxi. l'll hide my silver beard in a gold 19. the staff of whose spear was
like a 'weaver's beam. And sevenAnd in my vantbrace put this wither'd times folded shield, as was Ajax's
clypei dominus septemplicis Ajax, Fairfax, cant. xx. st. 139.
Ovid. Met. xiii. 2.
And raise such outcries on thy clatter'd iron,
heaven Feign’dst at thy birth was giv’n thee in thy hair, 1135 Where strength can least abide, though all thy hairs Were bristles rang'd like those that ridge the back
1132. -had not spells &c.] or any inchantment about him. This is natural enough in the Dugd. Warw. p. 73. or, in the mouth of Harapha, and no ways exact words of the oath of the inconsistent with the manners of Judicial combat, " that
have the age in which this scene is no stone of virtue, nor hearb laid, since we are informed in " of virtue, nor none other inScripture that they were at that • chantment by you, &c.” Dugd. time much addicted to magical Orig. Jurid. p. 166. And this superstition. But yet it is very was injoined so early as in the probable, that Milton adopted Laws of the Longobards. “Nulthis notion from the Italian Epics, “lus campio adversus alterum who are very full of inchanted pugnaturus audeat arms, and sometimes represent “ bere herbas, nec res ad maletheir heroes invulnerable by this "ficia pertinentes, &c." Com- . art. So Ariosto's Orlando is de- pare Comus, 647. Milton's Hascribed. Thyer.
rapha of Gath is as much a Milton's idea is immediately Gothic giant, as any in Amadis and particularly taken from the de Gaul: and Harapha, like a ritual of the combat in chivalry. Gothic giant, engages in an unWhen two champions entered just cause against a virtuous the lists, each took an oath, champion. T. Warton. that he had no charm, herb,
super se ha.