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Samson Agonistes

Samson Agonistes

by John Milton

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Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

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.

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