Hudibras (Google eBook)

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T. and J. Allman, 1816
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Page 8 - For his religion, it was fit To match his learning and his wit : 'Twas Presbyterian true blue, 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 8 - 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; Call fire and sword, and desolation, A godly, thorough Reformation, Which always must be carry'd on, And still be doing, never done; As if Religion were intended For nothing else but to be mended...
Page 137 - The sun had long since, in the lap Of Thetis, taken out his nap, And, like a lobster boil'd, the morn From black to red began to turn...
Page 9 - The nether orange, mix'd with grey. This hairy meteor did denounce The fall of sceptres and of crowns ; With grisly type did represent Declining age of government ; And tell, with hieroglyphic spade, Its own grave and the state's were made : Like Samson's heart-breakers, it grew [n time to make a nation rue; Though it contributed its own fall.
Page 124 - Thought he, I understand your play, And how to quit you your own way : He that will win his dame must do As Love does when he bends his bow ; 450 With one hand thrust the lady from, And with the other pull her home. I grant...
Page 5 - 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.
Page 21 - Still they are sure to be i' th' right. 'Tis a dark-lanthorn of the spirit, Which none see by but those that bear it ; A light that falls down from on high, For spiritual trades to cozen by ; An ignis fatuus that bewitches And leads men into pools and ditches...
Page 18 - A Squire he had whose name was Ralph, That in th' adventure went his half, Though writers, for more stately tone, Do call him Ralpho, 'tis all one ; * And when we can, with metre safe, We'll call him so ; if not, plain Ralph...
Page 28 - THERE was an ancient sage philosopher That had read Alexander Ross over, And swore the world, as he could prove, Was made of fighting and of love. Just so Romances are, for what else Is in them all but love and battles ? O' th' first of these w' have no great matter To treat of, but a world o' th' latter, In which to do the injured right We mean, in what concerns just fight.
Page 5 - ... 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 durst swear for, Though not a man of them knew wherefore; When Gospel-trumpeter, surrounded With long-eared rout, to battle sounded; And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic, Was beat with fist instead of a stick : Then did Sir Knight abandon dwelling, And out he rode a-colonelling.