The Works of the English Poets: Butler

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15 ページ - 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...
6 ページ - t has been held by many, that As Montaigne, playing with his cat, Complains she thought him but an ass, Much more she would Sir Hudibras.
216 ページ - March proudly to the river's side, 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 For whom the state decrees those shows.
6 ページ - Tis plain enough he was no such; We grant, although he had much wit, He was very shy of using it; As being loth to wear it out. And therefore bore it not about, Unless on holy-days, or so, As men their best apparel do.
14 ページ - Although by woful proof we find They always leave a scar behind. He knew the seat of paradise, Could tell in what degree it lies: And, as he was disposed, could prove it, Below the moon, or else above it. What Adam dreamt of when his bride Came from her closet in his side: Whether the Devil tempted her By a...
231 ページ - But as a dog that turns the spit Bestirs himself, and plies his feet To climb the wheel, but all in vain, His own weight brings him down again: And still he's in the self-same place Where at his setting out he was...
60 ページ - For he was of that noble trade That demi-gods and heroes made, Slaughter, and knocking on the head...
14 ページ - 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...
122 ページ - In all the trade of war no feat Is nobler than a brave retreat : For those that run away, and fly, Take place at least o' the
100 ページ - AY me ! what perils do environ The man that meddles with cold iron ! What plaguy mischiefs and mishaps Do dog him still with after-claps...

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