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MILTON, J.: Samson Agonistes (Unabridged)


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MILTON, J.: Samson Agonistes (Unabridged)

Samson Agonistes, the ‘dramatic poem’ by John Milton, was published in 1671, three years before the poet’s death. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, with the Chorus commenting on the action, it follows the biblical story of the blind Samson as he wreaks his revenge on the Philistines who have imprisoned him. A powerful subject, with a personal resonance for the blind Milton, it is a perfect work for the medium of audiobook where poetry and drama can be balanced equally.

Disc 1

  Samson Agonistes (Unabridged)
1.   Introduction - On a Festival Day 00:08:55
2.   Chorus 1: This, this is he… 00:03:19
3.   Samson: I hear the sound of words… 00:02:16
4.   Chorus 1: Tax not divine disposal, wisest Men… 00:01:45
5.   Samson: That fault I take not on me… 00:02:03
6.   Chorus 1: Thy words to my remembrance bring… 00:02:33
7.   Manoa: Brethren and men of Dan, for such ye seem… 00:03:11
8.   Samson: Appoint not heavenly disposition, Father… 00:02:56
9.   Manoa: I cannot praise thy Marriage choices, Son… 00:03:36
10.   Manoa: With cause this hope relieves thee… 00:04:22
11.   Chorus 1: Desire of wine and all delicious drink… 00:04:05
12.   Samson: O that torment should not be confin'd… 00:02:45
13.   Chorus 3: Many are the sayings of the wise… 00:03:07
14.   Chorus 3: But who is this, what thing of Sea or Land 00:01:14
15.   Dalila: With doubtful feet and wavering resolution… 00:02:05
16.   Dalila: Yet hear me Samson; not that I endeavour… 00:06:47
17.   Samson: I thought where all thy circling wiles would end… 00:07:32

Disc 2

  Samson Agonistes (Unabridged)
1.   Chorus 1: She's gone, a manifest Serpent by her sting… 00:03:24
2.   Samson: Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain. 00:00:48
3.   Harapha: I come not Samson, to condole thy chance… 00:07:15
4.   Samson: Among the Daughters of the Philistines… 00:03:15
5.   Chorus 1: His Giantship is gone somewhat crestfall'n… 00:03:15
6.   Officer: Ebrews, the Pris'ner Samson here I seek. 00:02:20
7.   Chorus 1: Consider, Samson; matters now are strain'd… 00:02:34
8.   Officer: Samson, this second message from our Lords… 00:03:03
9.   Manoa: Peace with you brethren, my inducement hither… 00:04:09
10.   Manoa: I know your friendly minds and – O what noise! 00:01:56
11.   Messenger: O whither shall I run, or which way fly… 00:04:01
12.   Messenger: Occasions drew me early to this City… 00:04:27
13.   Chorus 1: O dearly - bought revenge, yet glorious! 00:02:22
14.   Manoa: Come, come, no time for lamentation now… 00:04:07
15.   End Credits 00:01:26

Total Playing Time: 01:50:53

Milton, John

Barrett, Sean; Bentinck, Tim; Bond, Samantha; Glen, Iain; Keyser, David de; Madoc, Philip; Maloney, Michael; Morgan, Matthew; Treves, Simon

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Poetry

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: NA0164

Barcode: 9781843798026

Physical Release: 01/2014

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