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To matchless valour, and adventures high:
The virgins also shall on feastful days
Visit his tomb with flow'rs, only bewailing
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice,
From whence captivity and loss of eyes.

CHORUS.
All is best, though we oft doubt,
What th' unsearchable dispose
Of highest wisdom brings about,
And ever best found in the close.
Oft he seems to hide his face,
But unexpectedly returns,
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 dismiss'd, And calm of mind all passion spent.

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1745. All is best, though we same as acquisition, a word that oft doubt, &c.] There is a great may be found in Skinner, but I resemblance betwixt this speech do not remember to have met of Milton's Chorus, and that of with it elsewhere. the Chorus in Æschylus's Sup- 1757. With peace and consolaplices, beginning at ver. 90.

tion hath dismiss'd,

And calm of mind all passion Διος Ιμερος ουκ ευθηρατος ετυχθη &c. to ver. 109.

spent.] Thyer.

This moral lesson in the conclus

sion is very fine, and excellently 1755. His servants he with new suited to the beginning. For acquist] It is his servant in most Milton had chosen for the motto of the editions, but the first to this piece a passage out of edition has it rightly his servants, Aristotle, which may shew what meaning the Chorus and other was his design in writing this persons present. Acquist, the tragedy, and the sense of which

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he hath expressed in the preface, - tention of getting Mr. Pope that “tragedy is of power by

“ to divide the Samson Agonistes “ raising pity and fear, or terror, “ into acts and scenes, and of " to purge the mind of those having it acted by the King's " and such like passions, &c." “ Scholars at Westminster.” And and he exemplifies it here in see what he says to that purpose Manoah and the Chorus, after in one of his letters to Mr. Pope. their various agitations of pas- "I hope you will not utterly

sion, acquiescing in the divine forget what passed in the coach dispensations, and thereby incul- “ about Samson Agonistes. I cating a most instructive lesson shall not press you as to time, to the reader. As this work “ but some time or other, I wish was not intended for the stage, “ you would review, and polish it is not divided into acts; but “ that piece. If upon a new if any critic should be disposed perusal of it (which I desire so to divide it, he may easily do you to make) you think as I it by beginning the second act “ do, that it is written in the at the entrance of Manoah, the “ very spirit of the ancients; it third at the entrance of Dalila, “ deserves your care, and is cathe fourth at the entrance of Ha- pable of being improved, with rapha, and the fifth at the en- “ little trouble, into a perfect trance of the public Officer: but “ model and standard of tragic the stage is never empty or with- poetry-always allowing for out persons, according to the “ its being a story taken out of model of the best written trage- “ the Bible, which is an objecdies among the ancients. I have « tion that at this time of day said in the Life of Milton, that “ I know is not to be got over." “ Bishop Atterbury had an in

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FROM MILTON'S MANUSCRIPT. I

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THE PERSONS.
Michael
Heavenly Love
Chorus of Angels
Lucifer
Adam

with the Serpent
Eve
Conscience
Death
Labour
Sickness
Discontent Mutes
Ignorance
with others
Faith
Hope
Charity

THE PERSONS.
Moses
Divine Justice, Mercy, Wisdom,

Heavenly Love
Hesperus the Evening Star
Chorus of Angels
Lucifer
Adam
Eve
Conscience
Labour
Sickness
Discontent

Mutes
Ignorance
Fear
Death
Faith
Hope
Charity

Other Tragedies.

ADAM IN BANISHMENT.
THE FLOOD.
ABRAM IN EGYPT.

PARADISE LOST.

THB PERSONS. Moses Kponovicu, recounting Enoch and Eliah; besides the how he assumed his true body; purity of the place, that certain that it corrupts not, because of pure winds, dews, and clouds his [abode) with God in the preserve it from corruption; mount; declares the like of whence exhorts to the sight of God;

Adam }fallen.

tells they cannot see Adam Hamor.

Nuncius. in the state of innocence by rea- Sichem.

Chorus. son of their sin.

Counsellors. Justice debating what Mercy should become of Thamar Cuophorusa, where Wisdom J Man if he fall. Judah is found to have been the

Chorus of Angels sing a hymn author of that crime, which he of the creation.

condemned in Thamar. Thamar Act II.

excused in what she attempted. Heavenly Love.

The Golden Calf, or the MasEvening Star.

sacre in Horeb. Chorus sing the marriage song, The Quails, Numb. xi. and describe Paradise.

The Murmurers, Numb. xiv. Act III.

Corah, Dathan, &c. Numb. Lucifer contriving Adam's ruin. xvi. xvii.

Chorus fears for Adam, and re- Moabitides, Numb. xxv. lates Lucifer's rebellion and fall. Achan, Josh. vii. and viïi. Act IV.

Joshua in Gibeon, Josh. X.

Gideon Idoloclastes, Judg. vi.

vii. Conscience cites them to God's Gideon pursuing, Judg. viii. examination.

Abimelech the Ūsurper, Judg. Chorus bewails, and tells the ix. good Adam hath lost.

Samson pursophorus, or Hye Act V.

bristes, or Samson marrying or Adam and Eve driven out of in Ramath Lechi, Judg. xv. Paradise :

Dagonalia, Judg. xvi. Presented by an Angel with Comazontes, or the BenjaminLabour, Grief, Ha

ites, or the Rioters, Judg: xix. tred, Envy, War, Famine, Pestilence, Sick

Mutes,

Theristria, a pastoral out of ness, Discontent, Igno

Ruth. rance, Fear, Death en

Eliadæ, Hophni and Phinehas, tered into the world,

Sam. i. ii. iii. iv. beginning with to whom he gives their names: the first overthrow of Israel by likewise Winter, Heat, Tempest, the Philistines, interlaced with fc.

Samuel's vision concerning Eli's Faith

family. comfort him and in Hope

Jonathan rescued, 1 Sam. xiv. struct him. Charity

Doeg slandering, 1 Sam. xxii. Chorus briefly concludes. The Sheepshearers in Carmel,

a pastoral, 1 Sam. xxv. The Deluge. Sodom. Saul'in Gilboa, 1 Sam. xxviii. Dinah. Vide Euseb. Præparat. xxxi. Evang. I. ix. c. 22.

David revolted, 1 Sam. xxvii. The Persons.

to xxxi. Dinah.

Jacob. David adulterous, 2 Sam. xi.
Simeon. xii.
Levi, Tamar, 2 Sam, xiü.

xx. xxi.

Debora Rebecca's

nurse.

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