Page images
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

Sir Hudibras his paffing worth,
The manner how he fally'd forth,
His arms and equipage, are shown,
His horse's virtues, and his own:
Th' adventure of the Bear and Fiddle
Is fung, but breaks off in the middle *.

WHEN civil dudgeon first grew high,

And men fell out they knew not why;

A ridicule on Ronfarde and Davenant.

Ver. 1.] To take in dudgeon, is inwardly to refent fome injury

It was altered

or affront, and what is previous to actual fury. by Mr. Butler, in an edition 1674, to civil fury. Thus it stood in edit. of 1684, 1689, 1694, and 1700. Civil dudgeon was reftored in the edition of 1704, and has continued fo ever fince.

Ver. 2.] It may be justly faid They knew not why; fince, as Lord Clarendon obferves, "The like peace and plenty, and “univerfal tranquillity, was never enjoyed by any nation for ten years together, before thofe unhappy troubles began."


B 2


When hard words, jealoufies, and fears,
Set folks together by the ears,

And made them fight, like mad or drunk,
For Dame Religion, as for punk;
Whose honesty they all durft fwear for,

Though not a man of them knew wherefore;
When Gofpel-trumpeter, furrounded
With long-ear'd rout, to battle founded;
And pulpit, drum ecclefiaftick,"
Was beat with fift instead of a stick;
Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling,
And out he rode a colonelling.



A wight

Ver. 3.] By bard words, he probably means the cant words ufed by the Prefbyterians and fectaries of thofe times; fuch as Gofpel-walking, Gofpel-preaching, Soul-faving, Elect, Saints, the Godly, the Predeftinate, and the like; which they applied to their own preachers and themselves.

Ver. 11, 12.] Alluding to their vehement action in the pulpit, and their beating it with their fifts, as if they were beating a


Ver. 13.] Our Author, to make his Knight appear more ridiculous, has dreffed him in all kinds of fantastic colours, and put many characters together to finish him a perfect coxcomb.

Ver. 14.] The Knight (if Sir Samuel Luke was Mr. Butler's hero) was not only a Colonel in the Parliament-army, but alfo Scoutmaster-general in the counties of Bedford, Surrey, &c. This gives us fome light into his character and conduct; for he is now entering upon his proper office, full of pretendedly pious and fanctified refolutions for the good of his country. His


« PreviousContinue »