Hudibras, Volume 1

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John Murray, 1835 - Poets, English

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Page 222 - Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school : and whereas, before, our forefathers had no other books but the score and the tally, thou hast caused printing to be used, and, contrary to the king, his crown and dignity, 40 thou hast built a paper-mill.
Page 6 - ... 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-ear'd 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.
Page 77 - 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.
Page 22 - 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 holy-day The wrong, than others the right way; Compound for sins they are inclined to, By damning those they have no mind to ; Still so perverse and opposite, As if they worshipped God for spite.
Page 215 - O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united ! for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Page 16 - For th' other, as great clerks have done. He could reduce all things to acts, And knew their natures by abstracts; Where Entity and Quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly; Where truth in person does appear, Like words congeal'd in northern air.
Page 24 - Th' apostles of this fierce religion, Like Mahomet's, were ass and widgeon, To whom our knight, by fast instinct Of wit and temper was so linkt, As if hypocrisy and nonsense Had got the advowson of his conscience. Thus was he gifted and accoutred, We mean on th" inside, not the outward : That next of all we shall discuss ; . Then listen, sirs ; it follows thus. His tawny beard was th...
Page 315 - Why should not Conscience have vacation As well as other Courts o' th' nation ; Have equal power to adjourn, Appoint appearance and return ; 320 And make as nice distinctions serve To split a case, as those that carve, Invoking cuckolds...
Page 20 - 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...
Page 296 - 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...

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