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The bloudy Scar upon the Shoulder
Of Talgol with Promethean Powder,
Arid now was searching for the Shot
That laid Magnano on the Spot,
Beheld the sturdy Squire aforesaid
Preparing to climb up his Horse-side ;
He left his Cure, and laying hold
Upon his Arms with Courage bold,
Cry'd out, 'tis now no time to dally,
The Enemy begin to rally :
Let us that are unhurt and whole
Fall on, and happy Man be's Dole.
This faid, like to a Thunderbolt
He flew with Fury to th' Affault,
Striving the Enemy to attack
Before he reach'd his Horse's Back.
Ralpho was mounted now, and gotten
O’erthwart his Beast with A&tive vaulting,
Wrigling his Body to recover
His Seat, and cast his right Leg over 3
When Orjin, rushing in bestow'd
On Horse and Man fo heavy a load,
The Beast was startled, and begun
To kick and fling like mad, and run,
Bearing the tough Squire like, a Sack,
Or stout King Richard, on his back :
Till stumbling, he threw him down,
Sore bruis'd, and cast into a Swound.
Mean while the Knight began to rouse
The sparkles of his wonted Prowess;
He thrust his Hand into his Hose,
And found both by his Eyes and Nose,
Twas only Choler, and not Bloud,
That from his wounded Body flow'd.
This, with the hazard of the Squire, Iz
Inflam'd him with despightful Ires
Couragiously he fac'd about,
And drew his other Pistol out.
And now had half-way bent the Cock,
When Cerdon gave fo fierce a Shock, in
With sturdy Truncheon, thwart his Arm,
That down it fell and did no Harm ;
Then stoutly pressing on with freed,
Affay'd to pull him off his Steed.
The Knight his Sword had only left,
With which he Cerdon's Head had cleft,
Or at the least cropt off a Limb,
But Orsin came and rescu'd him.
He with his Launce attack'd the Knight
Upon his Quarters opposite.
But as a Barque, that in foul Weather,
Tofs’d by two adverse Winds together,
Is bruis'd and beaten two and fro,
And knows not which to turn him to :
So far'd the Knight between two Foes,
And knew not which of them t'oppose.
Till Orfin, charging with his Lance
At Hudibras, by spightful Chànce,
Hit Cerdon such a Bang, as stunn'd
And laid him flat upon the Ground.
At this the Knight began to chear up,
And raising up himself on Stirrup,
Cry'd out Viktoria'; Lie thou there,
And I shall strait dispatch another :
To bear thee Company in Death :
But first I'll halt a while, and breath.
As well he might: For Orsin, grievid
At th' Wound that Cerdon had receiv'd,
Ran to relieve him with his Lore,
And cure the Hurt he made before.
Mean while the Knight had wheel'd about
To breath himself, and next find out
Th’advantage of the ground, where best
He might the ruffled Foe infest.
This b'ing resolv'd, he spurr'd his Steed,
To run at Orsin with full speed,
While he was busie in the care
Of Cerdon's Wound, and unaware :
But he was quick, and had already
Unto the Part apply'd Remedy ;
And seeing th' Enemy prepar’d,
up, and stood upon his Guard,
Then like a Warrior right expert
And skilful in the Martial Art,
The subtile Knight streight made a halt,
And judgʻd it best to stay th’ Affault,
Until he had reliev'd the Squire,
And then (in Qrder) to retire ;
Or, as occasion should invite ;
With Forces join'd renew the fight ;
Ralpko by this time difentranc’d,
Upon his Bum himself advancd,
Though forely bruis'd his Limbs all o'er
With ruthless Bangs were stiff and fore.
Right fain he would have got upon
His Feet again, to get him gone ;
When Hudibras to aid him came.
Quoth he, ( and call'd him by his name
Courage, the Day at length is ours,
And we once more, as Conquerors,
Have both the Field and Honour won,
The Foe is profligate and
I mean all such as can, for some
This hand hath sent to their long home
And some lie sprauling on the Ground
With many a Galh and bloudy Wound,
Cæfar himself cou'd never say
He got two Victories in a Day,
As I have done, that can fay, twice I
In one Day, Veni, vidi, viçi ;