Hudibras: In Three Parts. Written in the Time of the Civil Wars. By Samuel Butler, Esq

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B. Long, and T. Pridden, 1773 - 382 pages
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Page 20 - For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope ; And when he happen'd to break off I' th' middle of his speech, or cough, H...
Page 23 - For he was of that stubborn crew Of errant saints, whom all men grant To be the true church militant ; Such as do build their faith upon The holy text of pike and gun ; Decide all controversies by Infallible artillery ; And prove their doctrine orthodox By apostolic blows and knocks...
Page 26 - Upon his shoulders through the fire, Our Knight did bear no less a pack Of his own buttocks on his back : Which now had almost got the upperHand of his head for want of crupper : To poise this equally, he bore A paunch of the same bulk before...
Page 17 - Th' adventure of the bear and fiddle Is sung, but breaks off in the middle. When civil fury first grew high, And men fell out, they knew not why; When hard words, jealousies, and fears, Set folks together by the ears...
Page 31 - We shall not need to say what lack Of leather was upon his back ; For that was hidden under pad, And breech of Knight gall'd full as bad: His strutting ribs on both sides...
Page 19 - He'd undertake to prove, by force Of argument, a man's no horse; He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an owl, A calf an alderman, a goose a justice, And rooks committee-men and trustees. He'd run in debt by disputation, And pay with ratiocination. All this by syllogism, true In mood and figure, he would do.
Page 271 - What makes all doctrines plain and clear? About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was proved true before, Prove false again? Two hundred more.
Page 27 - To old king Harry so well known, Some writers held they were his own. Through they were lin'd with many a piece Of ammunition bread and cheese, And fat black-puddings, proper food...
Page 138 - To sum up this long rigmarole, I have, dear B , what you no doubt perceive, for the metaphysical poets, as poets, the most sovereign contempt. That they have followers proves nothing No Indian prince has to his palace More followers than a thief to the gallows.
Page 18 - And styled of war as well as peace. (So some rats of amphibious nature Are either for the land or water.) But here our authors make a doubt Whether he were more wise or stout.

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