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“The Sun to me is darkAnd silent as the Moon,When she deserts the nightHid in her vacant interlunar cave.”Milton composes his last extended work as a tragedy according to the classical Unities of Time, Place and Action. Nevertheless it “never was intended for the stage” and is here declaimed by a single reader.Samson the blinded captive, in company with the Chorus of friends and countrymen, receives his visitors on their varying missions and through them his violent story is vividly recalled. Then he is summoned to give a final demonstration of God-given strength to entertain the Philistines, his captors. Famously – and of course, offstage – his performance brings the house down. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Samson Agonistes by MILTON, John LibriVox

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“The Sun to me is darkAnd silent as the Moon,When she deserts the nightHid in her vacant interlunar cave.”Milton composes his last extended work as a tragedy according to the classical Unities of Time, Place and Action. Nevertheless it “never was intended for the stage” and is here declaimed by a single reader.Samson the blinded captive, in company with the Chorus of friends and countrymen, receives his visitors on their varying missions and through them his violent story is vividly recalled. Then he is summoned to give a final demonstration of God-given strength to entertain the Philistines, his captors. Famously – and of course, offstage – his performance brings the house down. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

    00 - The Preface. The Argument. The Persons.

    00 - The Preface. The Argument. The Persons.

    • 10 min
    01 - "A little onward lend thy guiding hand..."

    01 - "A little onward lend thy guiding hand..."

    • 15 min
    02 - "Your coming, friends, revives me..."

    02 - "Your coming, friends, revives me..."

    • 11 min
    03 - "Brethren and men of Dan..."

    03 - "Brethren and men of Dan..."

    • 14 min
    04 - "Be penitent and for thy fault contrite..."

    04 - "Be penitent and for thy fault contrite..."

    • 18 min
    05 - "With doubtful feet and wavering resolution..."

    05 - "With doubtful feet and wavering resolution..."

    • 7 min

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