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They count a vile Abomination,
But not to slaughter a whole Nation,
Presbytery does but translate
The Papacy to a Free State,
A Common-wealth of Popery,
Where every Village is a See
As well as Rome, and must maintain
A Tithe Pig Metropolitane :
Where ev'ry Presbyter and Deacon
Commands the Keys for Cheese and Bacon;
And ev'ry Hamlet's governed
By's Holiness, the Church's Head,
More haughty and severe in's place
Than Gregory or Boniface.
Such Church must (surely) be a Monster
With many Heads : For if we conster
What in th’ Apocalypse we find,
According to th' Apostles Mind,
'Tis that the Whore of Babylon
With many Heads did ride upon ;
Which Heads denote the sinful Tribe
Of Dercon, Priest, Lay-Elder, Scribe.
Lay-Elders, Simeon to Levi,
Whose little Finger is as heavy
As Loins of Patriarchs, Prince-Prelate,
And Bishop-secular. This Zealot
Is of a Mungrel, diverse Kind,
Clerick. before, and Lay behind ;
A Lawless Linsie-Woolfie Brother,
..ca Half of one Order, half another ;
CJA A Creature of Amphibious Nature,
On Land a Bealt, a Fish in Water
That always preys on Grace'or Sin;
A Sheep without, a Wolf within.
This fierce Inquisitor has chief in
Dominion over Mens Belief
And Manners ; can pronounce a Saint" 16.A
Idolatrous, or Ignorant,
When superciliously he fifts
'Thro' courseft Boulter 'others Gifes. - DA
For all Men live and judge'ainiss
Whose Talents jump not just with'his." IoT
Hell lay on Gifts with Hands, and place! A
On dullest Noddle Light and Grace,
The Manufacture of the Kirk,
Whofe Paftors are but th' Handy-work
Of his Mechanick Paws, inftilling
Divinity in them by Feeling.
From whence they start up chofen Vefsels,
Made by Contact, as Men get Meazles.
So Cardinals, they say, do grope
At t'other End the new-made Pope.
Hold, hold, quoth Hudibras, Soft Fire,
They say, does make sweet Malt. Good Squire,
Festina leniè, not too fast;
For baste (the Proverb says) makes waste.
The Quirks and Cavils thou dost make
Are false, and built upon Mistake.
And I shall bring you, with
Of Fallacies, t'Elenchi back ;
And put your Arguments in Mood
And Figure, to be understood.
I'll force you by right Ratiocination,
To leave your Vitilitigation,
And make you keep to th' Question close,
And argue Diale&ticos.
The Question then, to state it first,
Is which is better, or which worst,
Synods or Bears. Bears I avow
To be the worst, and Synods thou.
But to make good th’Affertion,
Thou say'st th' are really all one.
If so, not worst; for if th' are idem,
Why then Tantundem dat Tantidem.
For if they are the same, by course
Neither is better, neither worse.
But I deny they are the same,
More than a Maggot and I am.
That both are Animalia,
grant ; but not Rationalia :
For tho' they do agree in Kind,
Specifick Difference we find;
And can no more make Bears of these,
Than prove my Horse is Socrates,
That Synods are Bear-Gardens too,
Thou dost affirm; but I say No:
And thus I prove it, in a Word,
Whats’ever Afembly's not impowr'd
To cenfure, curse; abfolve and ordain,
Can be no Synod : But Bear-Garden :
Has no such Pow'r. i Ergo, 'Tis none, z. **:
And so thy Sophiftry's o’erthrown." :
But yet we are besides the Question,
Which thou didft raise the first Contest on 3
For that was, Whether Bears were betteros ::
Than Synod-Men ? I say, Negatur. :
;; risid That Bears are Beasts, and Synods, Men, 1 Is held by all : They're better then. For Bears and Dogs on four Legs go,
1 As Beasts; but..
but.Synod-Men on tivo. 'Tis true, they all have Teeth and Nails; But
prove that Synod-Men have Tails Or that a rugged, shaggy Fur | Grows o'er the Hide of Presbyter; Or that his Snout and spacious Ears of Do hold proportion with a Béar's. A Bear's a favage Beaft, of all 1, Most Ugly and Unnaturali ;; oni; Í Whelpt without Form, until the Damitra Has lickt into Shape and Frames