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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The strong man of a nation or race caught in the net of his and their enemies, and, encompassed by them, wrestling in his soul's agony to free himself from them; the imagery here being suggested by the story of Samson in the hands of the Philistines.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Samson Agonistes'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/s/samson-agonistes.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.