Hudibras, Volume 1

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Charles & Henry Baldwyn, 1819 - Great Britain - 294 pages

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Page 21 - In mathematics he was greater Than Tycho Brahe or Erra Pater ; For he, by geometric scale, Could take the size of pots of ale ; Resolve by sines and tangents straight, If bread or butter wanted weight ; And wisely tell what hour o' th' day The clock does strike by algebra.
Page 17 - H' had hard words ready to show why, And tell what rules he did it by ; Else when with greatest art he spoke, You'd think he talk'd like other folk ; For all a rhetorician's rules Teach nothing but to name his tools.
Page 31 - 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 292 - 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, thou hast built a paper-mill. It...
Page 16 - He'd undertake to prove by force Of argument, a man's no horse; He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl, And that a lord may be an owl; A calf an alderman, a goose a justice, And rooks committee-men and trustees.
Page 232 - And as an owl that in a barn Sees a mouse creeping in the corn, Sits still, and shuts his round blue eyes As if he slept until he spies The little beast within his reach, Then starts and seizes on the wretch...
Page 37 - 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; 250 And tell with hieroglyphic spade, Its own grave and the state's were made.
Page 47 - He ne'er gave quarter to any such. The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, For want of fighting, was grown rusty, And ate into itself, for lack Of somebody to hew and hack : The peaceful scabbard, where it dwelt, The rancour of its edge had felt; For of the lower end two handful It had devoured, 'twas so manful; And so much scorn'd to lurk in case, As if it durst not show its face.
Page 45 - Tis false ; for Arthur wore in hall Round table like a farthingal, On which, with shirt...
Page 20 - Cerberus himself pronounce A leash of languages at once. This he as volubly would vent, As if his stock would ne'er be spent; And truly, to support that charge, He had supplies as vast and large; For he could coin or counterfeit New words...

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