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Beside, 't is known he could speak Greek
As naturally as pigs squeak;'
That Latin was no more difficile
Than to a blackbird 't is to whistle.

Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 52
He could distinguish and divide
A hair 'twixt south and southwest side.

Line 67, For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.

Line 81. For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.

Line 89. A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.

Line 93. For he by geometric scale Could take the size of pots of ale.

Line 121. And wisely tell what hour o' the day The clock does strike, by algebra.

Line 125 Whatever sceptic could inquire for, For every why he had a wherefore,

Line 131, Where entity and quiddity, The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.

Line 145. He knew what's what, and that's as high As metaphysic wit can fly.

Line 149. Such as take lodgings in a head That's to be let unfurnished."

Line 161. 'T was Presbyterian true blue.

Line 191 And prove their doctrine orthodox, By apostolic blows and knocks.

Line 199.

He Greek and Latin speaks with greater ease
Than hogs eat acorns, and tame pigeons peas.

CRANFIELD : Panegyric on Tom Coriate ? See Shakespeare, page 50. 3 See Skelton, page 8. • See Bacon, page 170.

As if religion was intended
For nothing else but to be mended.

Hudibras. Part I. Canto i. Line 205.
Compound for sins they are inclined to,
By damning those they have no mind to.

Line 215. The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, For want of fighting was grown rusty, And ate into itself, for lack Of somebody to hew and hack.

Line 359. For rhyme the rudder is of verses, With which, like ships, they steer their courses.

Line 463 He ne'er consider'd it, as loth To look a gift-horse in the mouth.

Line 490 And force them, though it was in spite Of Nature and their stars, to write.

Line 647. Quoth Hudibras, “ I smell a rat!? Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate.”

Line 821, Or shear swine, all cry and no wool.

Line 852 And bid the devil take the hin'most.* Canto ii. Line 633. With many a stiff thwack, many a bang, Hard crab-tree and old iron rang.

Line 831. Like feather bed betwixt a wall And heavy brunt of cannon ball.

Line 872. Ay me! what perils do environ The man that meddles with cold iron ! 6 Canto ii. Line 1,

Who thought he'd won The field as certain as a gun.

Line 11. 1 See Heywood page 11.

2 See Middleton, page 172.
8 See Fortescue, page 7.
* Bid the Devil take the slowest. — PRIOR: On the Taking of Namur.

Deil tak the hindmost. — BURNS : To a Haggis. 6 See Spenser, page 27. • Sure as a gun. — DRYDEN: The Spanish Friar, act ü. sc. 2. CER VASTES : Don Quixote, part i. book üi. chap. vii.


Line 609.

Nor do I know what is become
Of him, more than the Pope of Rome.

Hudibras. Parti. Canto üi. Line 263

I'll make the fur Fly 'bout the ears of the old cur.

Line 277. He had got a hurt O'the inside, of a deadlier sort.

Line 309 These reasons made his mouth to water.

Line 379 While the honour thou hast got Is spick and span new."

Line 398. With mortal crisis doth portend My days to appropinque an end.

Line 589. For those that run away and fly, Take place at least o' the enemy. I am not now in fortune's power: He that is down can fall no lower.?

Line 877. Cheer'd


himself with ends of verse
And sayings of philosophers.
If he that in the field is slain
Be in the bed of honour lain,
He that is beaten may be said
To lie in honour's truckle-bed.
When pious frauds and holy shifts
Are dispensations and gifts.

Friend Ralph, thou hast
Outrun the constable 8 at last.
Some force whole regions, in despite
O geography, to change their site;
Make former times shake hands with latter,
And that which was before come after.

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1 See Middleton, page 172.

2 He that is down needs fear no fall. - BUNTAN: Pilgrim's Progress part ü.

* Outrun the constable. - Ray: Proverbs, 1670.

But those that write in rhyme still make
The one verse for the other's sake;
For one for sense, and one for rhyme,
I think's sufficient at one time.

Hudibras. Part ii. Canto i. Line 23.
Some have been beaten till they know
What wood a cudgel's of by th' blow;
Some kick'd until they can feel whether
A shoe be Spanish or neat's leather.

Line 221. No Indian prince has to his palace More followers than a thief to the gallows. Line 273. Quoth she, I've heard old cunning stagers Say fools for arguments use wagers.

Line 297. Love in your hearts as idly burns As fire in antique Roman urns.

Line 309. For what is worth in anything But so much money as 't will bring ?

Line 465. Love is a boy by poets styl’d; Then spare the rod and spoil the child.?

Line 843. 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.

Canto ii. Line 29. Have always been at daggers-drawing, And one another clapper-clawing.

Line 79. For truth is precious and divine, – Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.

Line 257. Why should not conscience have vacation As well as other courts o'th' nation ?

Line 317

1 Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns.

COWPER: Conversation, line 357.

? See Skelton, page 8.

He that imposes an oath makes it,
Not he that for convenience takes it;
Then how can any man be said
To break an oath he never made ?

Hudibras, Part ü. Canto ü. Line 377

As the ancients
Say wisely, have a care o' th' main chance,
And look before you ere you leap; ?
For as you sow, ye are like to reap.8
Doubtless the pleasure is as great
Of being cheated as to cheat.*

Line 501

Canto iii. Line 1.

He made an instrument to know
If the moon shine at full or no.

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Each window like a pill’ry appears,
With heads thrust thro’ nail'd by the ears.

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To swallow gudgeons ere they ’re catch'd,
And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.

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1 See Lyly, page 33.
2 See Heywood, page 9.
8 Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians ri.

4 This couplet is enlarged on by Swift in his “Tale of a Tub," where he says that the happiness of life consists in being well deceived.

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