[Milton-L] Samson as a private person?

Charles Carroll charles at literatureinreview.com
Mon Aug 16 18:12:50 EDT 2010

Does anyone have a good gloss for this passage:

But I a private person, whom my Countrey
As a league-breaker gave up bound, presum’d
Single Rebellion and did Hostile Acts.
I was no private but a person rais’d
With strength sufficient and command from Heav’n
To free my Countrey;

The passage seems in a way contradictory. Does Samson here regard himself as a private person, or not?

Any help would be much appreciated.


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