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Made a mere uten ilo'vour Church, 525
Yet neither of them would disparage, And after left it in the lurch;
By uttering of his prind, his courage; A scaffoll to build up our own,
Which made theni stoutly keep their grqund, And when we ’ad done with 't pull'd it down; Widi horror and difdain wind-bound. Capoch'd your Rabbins of the Synod,
And now the cause of all their fear And snapp'd their Canons with a Why-not: 530 Byflow degrees approach'd lo near, (Grave Synod-men, that were rever'd
They nught distinguish different noise For folid face, and depth of beard)
Of horns, and pans, and dogs, and boys, Their Clairck model prov'd a maggot,
And kettle-drums, whole fullen dub
Sounds like the houping of a tuh.
A triumph that, for pomp and state,
Did proudeft Romans' en date : And allthe Saints of the first grass,
For as the Aldermen of Rome
395 As castling foals of Balaam's afs.
540 Their foes at training overcone, At this the Knight grew high in chafe,
And not enlarging territory, And, staring furiously on Ralph,
(As fome, mistaken, write in story) Hic trembled and look'd pale with ire,
Being mounted in their best array, Likę athes first, then red as fire.
Upon a carre, and who but they? Have I (quoth he) been ta'en in fight, 545
And follow'd with a world of tall-lads, And for so many moons lain by 't,
That merry ditties troll’d, and ballads, And when all other means cid fail,
Did ride with many a Good-morrow, Have been exchang'd for tubs of ale?
Crying, Hev for our town, through the Boror; Doç but they thought me worth a jantom
So when thistriumph drew to nigh, . Much more censiderable and handsome, 550 They inight particulars descry. But for their own fakes, and for fear
They never saw two things to pat, They were not safe when I was there;
In all reipas, as this and that. Now to be battled by a scoundrel,
First he that led the cavalcate An upstart Secta y, and mongrel,
Wore a low gelder's flagellate,
6.0 Such as breed out of peccant humours 555
On which he blew as Atrong a levet, Of our own Church, like wens or tumours,
As well-fec'd lawyer on his brev'ate, And, like a maggot in a fore,
When over one another's heads Would that which gave it life devour:
They charge (three ranks at once) like Sweali. It never shall be done or faid :
Next pans and ķettles of a'l keys, 6.5 With that he seiz'd upon his blade ; 560 | From trebles down to double bafe'; And Ralpho too, as quick and bold,
And after them, upon a nag, Upon his basket hilt laid hold,
That might pais for a forehand ftag, Witli equal readiness preparidy
A Cornet rode, and on his 12ff To draw and Itand upon his guard:
A smock display'd did proudly wave; When both were parted on the sudden, 565 | Then bagpipes of the loudest drones, With hideous clamour, and a loud one,
With snurfing, broken-winded cones, As if all sorts of noise had been
Whose blasts of air, in pockets Thut, Contracted into one loud din ;
Souod filthier than from the gut, Or that some member to be chosen
And make a viler noise than swine, Had got the odds above a thousand;
570 In windy weather, wben they whine, And hy the greatness of his noise,
Next one upon a pair of panniers, Prov'd fitteit fortiis country's choice.
Fullfiaught with that which, for good-manners, This strange surprital put the Knight
Shall here be nameless, mixt with grains, And wrathful Squire into a fright:
Which he dispens'd among the swalls,
6:9 And though they stood prepard, with fatal 575 Impetuous rancour to join battle, Both thought it was the wifeft course
Ver. 587. Thy mighe djirgujh, &c.] The To wave the fight, and mount to horse,
might dijiern ruspettive rije, in the two firfte And to secure, briwilt retrcating,
of 1604 Thomselves from danger of wcric veating. 580
Ver: 596. Their foes.) For fus, in all edibant
1705, inclusive. Ver. 529.) O'er-reach'd, in all editions but the Ver. 609, 610.] Cavalcats,-Flagellate, in the iwo first of 1654, to 1504, inclusive. Capucb'd, four first editions. Afterwards altered to, issettored in later editions, which fignifies buoret, valcadi, jogeller. or blindfolded.
Ver. 613,614.] These two lines are not in: Ver. 543.] This and the following line, got in two first editions of 1664, but aided in 15*** the cho first editions of x664. 'Aduud 1674. Lite Sovends, allered, 168, to Sveres.
And bunly upon the crowd
And as in antique triumph eggs At random round about bestow'd.
Were borne for myitical intrigues ;
690 Then, mounted on a horn'd horse,
There's one, in truncheon like a ladle, One bore 2 gauntlet and gilt spurs,
That carries eggs too, fresh or addle; Ty'd to the pummel of a long sword
And still at random, as he goes, He held reverít, the point turn’d downward; Among the rabble-rout bestows. Text after, on a ran-bond steed,
Quoth Kalpho, You mistake the matter ; 695 The conqueror's Standard-hearer rid,
For all th' antiquity you smatter
Is but a r ding us'd of course,
When o'er the breeches greedy women
Fight, to extend their vast dominion, 700 Sat face to tail, and buin to bum ;
And in the cause inpatient Grizel The warrior whilom overcome,
Has drubb’d her husband with bull's pizzle, Arm’d with a spindle and a distaff,
And brought him under Covert-baron, Which as he iode ihe made aim twift off ;
To turn her valfal with a murrain; And when he loiter’d, o'er her shoulder
When wives their sexes thift, like hares, 705 Chaitiz'd the reformado foldier.
And ride their hufhands, like night-mares, Before the Dame, and round about,
And they, in mortal battle vanquilh'd, Aiarch'd whitflers and statħers on foot, 650
Are of their charter disenfranchis'd, With lackies, grooms, valets, and pages,
And by the right of war, like gills, In sit and proper equipages;
Condemn'd to diftatt, horns, and wheels: 710 Of whom fome to ches bure, some links,
For when men by their wives are cow'd, Before the proud virago minx,
Their horns of course are understoud. That it'as both Madan and a Don,
Quoth Hudibras, Thou still givist fentence Like Nero's Sporus or Pope Joan;
Impertinently, and against fente;
'Tis not the leait disparagement And ai fit periods the whole rout
To be defeated by th'event,
Nor to be beaten by main force;
That does not make a man the worse, Ånd Hudib:as, who us’dd to ponder
Although his shoulders with battoon On such lights with judicious.wonder,
Be claw'd and cudgel'd to some tuae. Could hold ho longer to impart
A tailor's prentice has no hard His animadverfions, for his heart.
Meature, that 's bang'd with a true yard:
But to turn tail, or run away,
And without blows give up the day;
Or to surrender cre th' assault, It is a Paganith invention,
725 Which Heathen writers often mention ;
That's no inan's fortune, but his fault; And he who made it had read Goodwin,
And renders men of honouş less Or Rois, or Czelius Rhodogine,
Than all th' adversity of succeisi With all the Grecian Speeds and Stows,
And only unto such this shew That belt describe those ancient thows;
Of hors and potticoats is duc.
730 Ånd has observ'd all fit decorunis.
There is a letser profanation, We find describ'd by old historians :
Like that the Romans call'd Ovation: For as the Roman conqueror',
For as ovation was allow'd That put an end to foreign war,
For conquest purchas'd without blood;
So meh decree thote lefler shows Entering the town in triumph for it,
735 Bore a llave with him in his chariot ;
For victory gotten without blows, So this insulting female brave
By dint of sharp hard words, which some Carries, behind her here, a Nave : 680
Gire battle with, and overcome
These muunted in a chair-curule, And as the Ancients long ago,
Which Moderns call a Cucking-stool, When they in field defy'd the foe,
740 Hung out their mantles Hella
March proudly to the river's fide,
And o'er the waves in triumph ride;
Like dukes of Venice, who are said
The Adriatic sea to wed ;
And have a gentler wife than those
745 Still borne before the emperor;
For wliom the state decrees those shows.
And by the Saints thould be withstood,
750 in the two first editions of 1664, but added And we, as such, should now contribute 1674.
Ourutniott strugglings to prohibit.
This said, they both advanc'd, and rode Rais'd rampiers with their own soft hmds,
To put the enemy' to stands ;
Fall'n to their pick-axes and tools,
And help'd the men to dig like moles.
For raising of a common purse,
Out of their wages to raise horsc?
And do they not as Tryers sit,
To judge what officers are fits
Hit him directly o'er the eye,
And ninning down his cheek, besmear'd
With orange-tawny Nime his beard;
But beard and Time being of one huc,
Then he that on the panniers rode,
Let fly on th' other side a load,
And, quickly charg'd again, gave fully,
In Ralpho's face, another volley.
The Knight was startled with the smell,
And Ralpho, smother'd with the stink,
Grasp'd his, when one that bore a link Brought in their children's (poons and whistles, O'th' fudden clapp'd his faming cudgel, To purchase swords, carbines, and pistols 780 Like linstock, to the horse's touch-hole ; Their husbands, cullies, and sweethearts,
And straight another, with his flambeau, To take the Saints' and Churches' parts;
Gave Ralpho o'er the eyes a damn'd blow.
The beasts began to kick and Aing,
And forc'd the rout to make a ring;
And brought them off from further fray ;
Each of them stoutly kept his scat:
For quitting both their swords and reins,
They grasp'd with all their strength the manes,
And, to avoid the foe's pursuit,
With spurring put their cattle to 't,
And till all four were out of wind,
And danger too, ne'er look'd behind,
Their spirits, spent with fight and flying,
And Hudibras recruited force
Of lungs, for action or discourse;
'Tis thrown away in being maintain'd:
Ver. 775.] The women were realous contributors to the Good Carire, as they called it. · Mr. James Howel observes, “ Thai unusual volun.
tary coilections were made both in town and
country ; the je mitreis brought in her filver qe thimble, the chamber-inaid her bodkin, the * cook her filver ipcon, into the common trea" sury of war. -And iome fort of females were 16 freer in their contributions, fotar as to part “ with their rings and ear-rings, as it tome gol“ den cali were to be molten and set up to bc ido
Ver. 807.) Falr, in the three firit edirical Fell, edition 1684.
Ver. 813, 814.) “ The House considered " the next place, that divers weak perfons har
crept into places beyond their abilities; to the end that men of greater parts in
put into their rooms, they appointed the L “ Middlesex, Mrs. Dunch, the Lady Foster, “ the Lady Anne Waller, by reason of the
great experience in soldiery in the kingas
to be a Committee of Tryers for the bufuncil Seo "The Parliament of Ladies."
Ver. 839.) Rains, in the four first editions,
isht baisas ill for us we had to do
As lookers-on feel most delight, h so dishonourable a foe:
That least perceive a juggler's Neight, nches though the law of arms doth bar 855 And, still the less they understand,
5 en use of venom'd thot in war,
The mure they'admire his fleight of hand. ) by the nauseous smell, and noisome,
Some with a noise and greasy light mioks. lir case-thot favour strong of poison,
Are snapt, as men catch larks by night, Cim d doubtless have been chew'd with teeth Ensar'd and hamper'd by the soul, mutite, some that had a stinking breath; -860 As nooses by the legs catch fowl. when we put it to the push,
Some with a medicine and receipt had not given us such a brush:
Are drawn to nibble at the bait; as those pultroons that fling dire
And though it be a two-foot trout, Sut defile, but cannot hurt;
'Tis with a single hair pull'd out. fr lll the honour they have won,
Others believe no voice t' an organ we have lost, is niuch at one.
So sweet as lawyer's in his bar-gown, beimeritas well we made fo resolute
Until with subtle cobweb-cheats ord; rave retreat, without pursuit ;
They 're catch'd in knotted law, like nets; ne hat , if we had not, we had sped
In which, when once they are imbrangled, viet, ih worfe, to be in griumph led ; 870 The more they stir, the more they're tangled; 20 ode, n which the Ancients held no state
And while their purses can dispute, nan's life more unfortunate.
There's no end of th' imınortal fuit. are fed if this bold adventure e'er
Others still gape t' anticipate hance to reach the Widow's ear,
The cabinet-designs of Fate, ibe (f_lay, being destin'd to assert
Apply to wizards, to forelee
25 1; sex's honour, reach her heart:
What shall, and what shall never be; bekal as such homely treats (they say)
And, as those vultures do forebode, resistend good fortune, so this may.
Believe events prove bad or good :
A fam more senseless than the roguery ng cuspafian being dauh'd with dirt, Scoala destin'd to the empire for 't; 880 Of old auruspicy and augury.
30 pumal from a scavenger did come
That out of garbages of cattle ama's ide a mighty prince in Rome :
Presag'd th' events of truce or battle; I why may not this foul address
From flight of birds, or chicken's pecking, sage in love the samc fuccefs?
Success of great'st attempts would reckon: berkesan let us straight, to cleanse our wounds, 885 Thouglı cheats, yet more intelligible,
Than those that with the stars do fribble. hervance in quest of nearest ponds; d after (as we first design'd)
This Hudibras by proof found true,
As in due time and place we 'll shew: bar I've perform'd what the enjoin'd.
For he with beard and face made clean,
40 (And Ralpho got a cock-horse too,
Upon his beast, with much ado)
T'acquit himself, and pay his vows;
And with his inward man to justle.
He thought what danger might accrue,
If the should find he swore untrue; The Knight with various doubts polleft, Or, if his Squire or he should fail, de To win the Lady goes in quest
And not be punctual in their tale, Of Sidrophel the Rosycrucian,
It might at once the ruin prove
Both of his honour, faith, and love :
But if he should forbear to go, :
And that he durft not now, for shame, 55 Till falling from dispute to fight,
Appear in court to try his claim.
This was the pen’worth of his thought, The Conjuror's worsted by the Knight.
To pass time, and uneasy trot.
Quoth he, In all my past adventures
Or taken tardy with dilemma, Ver. 868. Witboxt pursuit.] Tavoid pursuit, in That every way I turn does hem me, je two first editions of 1664. Ver. 879.] This, and the five following lines, or in the two first editions of 1664. Added in edition of 1664.
Ver. 25.) Apply to wizards. Rur after, in tha
And with inextricable doubt
When yest and outward means do fail,
And have no power to work on ale;
And love proves crois and humoursome;
To him with questions, and wjih urine, For some offence, by chance breaks loose, They for discovery hock, or curing. And quits his clog; bnt all in vain,
Quoth Hudibros, This Sidrophe! He still draws after hin his chain :
I've heard rf, and should likcit well, So though my ankle she has quitted,
If thou can prove the Saints have fi cedom My heart continues itill comınitted ;
To go to forcerers, when they need them. And like a baild and mainpriz'd lover,
Says Ralpho, There's no doubt of that; Although at large, I am found over:
Those principles I quoted late And when I shall appear in court
75 Prove that the Godly may alledge To plead my cause, and answer for 't,
For any thing their privilege, Unless the judgedo partial prove,
And to the devil himself may go, What will become of nie and love?
If they have motives thereunto : For if in our account we vary,
For, as there is a war between
: 133 Or but in circumstance miscarry ;
80 | The devil and them, it is no fin, Or is the put me to strict proof,
If they by subtie stratagem And make me pull my doublet off,
Make use of him, as he does them. To Thew, by evident record,
Has not this present Parliament Writ on my skin, I've kept my word,
A ledger to the devil sent, How can I e'er expect to have her,
85 Fully impower'd to treat about Having demurr'd unto her favour?
Finding revolted witches out? But faith, and love, and honour lost,
And has not he, within a year, Shall be reduc'il t'a Knight o'th' Post?
Hang'd threescore of them in one shire? Beside, that Itripping may prevent
Some only for not being drown'd,
14 What I 'm to prove by argument,
90 And some for sitting above ground, And justify I have a tail,
Whole days and nights, upon their breeches, And that way, too, my proof my fail.
And feeling pain, were lang‘d for witches; Oh! that I could enucleate,
And some for putting k navith tricks And solve the problems of my fate;
Upon green geese and turkey-chicks, 15 Or find, by necromantic art,
95 Or pigs that suddenly deceait How far the Deft'nies take my part;
Of griefs unnatural, as he guest; For if I were not more than certain
Who aiter prov'd himself a witch, To win and wear her and her fortune,
And made a rod for his own breech. I'd go no farther in this courtship,
Did not the devil appear to Martin
133 To hazard foul, ettate, and worthip:
Luther in Germany, for certain ? For though an oath obliges not,
And would have gullid hiin with a trick, Where any thing is to be got
But Mait. was too, too politick. (As thou haft prov'J), yet 'tis profane,
Did he not help the Dutch to purge, And fiziful, when men swear in vain.
At Antwerp, their cathedral church?
160 Quoth Ralph, Not far from hence doth dwellsing catches to the Saints at Marcon, A cunning man, hight Sidrophel, (105 And tell them all they came to ask him? That deals in Destiny's dark counsels,
Appear in divers Thapes to Kelly. And sage opinions of the Moon sells;
And speak i' th’ Nun of London's belly? To whom all people, far and near,
Meet with the Parliament's Committee, 165 On deep importances repair;
At Woodstock, on a personal treaty? When brals and pewter hap to stray,
At Sarum take a cavalier, And linen links out o' the way;
l'th' Cause's service, prisoner? When geese and pullen are seduc'd,
As Withers in immortal rhyme And lows of fucking pigs are chows'd;
Has register'd to after-time. When cattle feel indisposition,
115 Do not our great Reformers use And need th' opinion of physician :
This Sidropheito forebode news; When murrain reigns in hogs or theep,
To write of victories next year, and chickens languish of the pip;
And castles taken yet i'th' air;
Sunk two years hence, the last eclipse ? Ver. 106.] William Lilly, the famous astrologer of those times, who in his yearly almanacks
Ver. 169.) This Withers was a Puritanical foretold victories for the Parliament with as
officer in the Parliament army, and a great premuch certainty as the preachers did in their ier.
tender to poetry, as appears from his Poems Tons.
enumerated by A. Woou.