Hudibras ...: Written in the Time of the Late Wars

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Page 97 - But as a dog that turns the spit Bestirs himself, and plies his feet To climb the wheel, but all in vain, His own weight brings him down again: And still he's in the self-same place Where at his setting out he was...
Page 18 - This sword a dagger had, his page, That was but little for his age, And therefore waited on him so As dwarfs upon knights-errant do : It was a serviceable dudgeon, Either for fighting or for drudging : When it had stabb'd, or broke a head, It would scrape trenchers, or chip bread ; Toast cheese or bacon ; though it were To bait a mouse-trap, 'twould not care...
Page 11 - A sect whose chief devotion lies In odd perverse antipathies, In falling out with that or this And finding somewhat still amiss; More peevish, cross and splenetic Than dog distract or monkey sick: That with more care keep holyday The wrong, than others the right way; Compound for sins they are inclined to By damning those they have no mind to.
Page 89 - Is marry'd only to a thumb (As wise as ringing of a pig, That us'd to break up ground and dig), The bride to nothing but her will, That nulls the after-marriage still : Some were for th...
Page 107 - He rag'd, and kept as heavy a coil as Stout Hercules for loss of Hylas, Forcing the vallies to repeat The accents of his sad regret. He beat his breast, and tore his hair For loss of his dear crony Bear: That Echo, from the hollow ground, His doleful wailings did resound, More wistfully, by many times, Than in small poets...
Page 8 - And, as occasion served, would quote : No matter whether right or wrong, They might be either said or sung. His notions fitted things so well, That which was which he could not tell, But oftentimes mistook the one For th' other, as great clerks have done.
Page 59 - What makes all doctrines plain and clear?" " About two hundred pounds a- year." " And that which was prov'd true before, Prove false again?"
Page 12 - His tawny beard was th" equal grace Both of his wisdom and his face; In cut and dye so like a tile, A sudden view it would beguile: The upper part thereof was whey, The nether orange mixt with grey.
Page 9 - Although by woful proof we find They always leave a scar behind. He knew the seat of paradise, Could tell in what degree it lies: And, as he was disposed, could prove it, Below the moon, or else above it. What Adam dreamt of when his bride Came from her closet in his side: Whether the Devil tempted her By a High Dutch interpreter...
Page 11 - The self-same thing they will abhor One way and long another for ; Freewill they one way disavow, Another, nothing else allow ; All piety consists therein In them, in other men all sin. Rather...

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