How we cite our quotes:
SAMSON: Ask for this great Deliverer now, and find him eyeless in Gaza at the Mill with slaves, himself in bonds under Philistine yoke (40-42)
We have to admit that this does sound like quiet the downgrade. This is like going from the quarterback of the all-star high school football team to making license plates in an Alabama prison.
CHORUS: O change beyond report, thought, or belief! (118)
Changed beyond thought? Ouch. Bet Samson isn't going to show up to his 10-year reunion.
MANOA: O miserable change! is this the man, the invincible Samson, far renown'd, the dread of Israel's foes... (340-343)
Echoing the Chorus, even Samson's own dad can't get over Samson's alteration. And this is the guy who changed his diapers! Double ouch.