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Samson Agonistes

Samson Agonistes

by John Milton

Mortality Quotes

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Quote #1

SAMSON: To live a life half dead, a living death, and buried; but O yet more miserable! My self, my Sepulcher, a moving Grave, buried, yet not exempt by privilege of death and burial from worst other evils, pains, and wrongs (100-105)

Samson has the worst of both worlds: the darkness of death from being blind yet with all the pain that comes from being alive.

Quote #2

SAMSON: These dark orbs no more shall treat with light, nor th'other light of life continue long, but yield to double darkness night at hand (592-594).

Samson seems pretty sure his days are numbered. (He's right.) But our question is, does he do anything to hurry it along? Or has God already numbered the days?

Quote #3

SAMSON: Sleep hath forsook and giv'n me o're to death benumming Opium as my only cure (629-630)

Death as a form of pain relief does not sound healthy. We're pretty sure there are support lines for that sort of thing.

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