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Thou that with Ale or viler Liquors,
Didst inspire Withers, Pryn, and Vicars,
And force them, though it were in spight
Of Nature, and their Stars, to write;
Who, as we find in fullen Writs,
And cross-grain'd Works of modern Wits,
With Vanity, Opinion, Want,
The Wonder of the Ignorant,
The Praises of the Author, Pen'd
B' himself, or Wit-ensuring Friend;
The Itch of Pi&ure in the Front,
With Bays, and wicked Rhyme upon't,
All that is left o'th' forked Hill
To make Men scribble without Skill
Canst make a Poet spight of Fate,
And teach all People to translate ;
Though out of Languages in which
They understand no Part of Speech. .
Aslist me but this once, I'mplore,
And I shall trouble thee no more:

In Western Clime there is a Town
To those that dwell therein well known.
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Therefore there needs no more be fed here,
We unto them refer our Reader:
For brevity is very good,
When w' are or are not understood.
To this Town People did repair
On Days of Market, or of Fair ;
And to crack'd Fiddle, and hoarse Tábor,
In Merriment did drudge and labor :
But now a Sport more formidable
Had rak'd together Village Rabble ;
Twas an old
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Which learned Butchers call Bear-Baiting,
A bold advent'rous Exercise,
With ancient Hero's in high Prize ;
For Authors do affirm it came
From Isthmian, or Nemean Game.
Others derive it from the Bear
That's fixt in Northern Hemisphere,
And round about the Pole does make
A Circle, like a Bear at Stake;
That at the Chain's End wheels about,
And over-turns the Rabble-Rout,

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For after Solemn Proclamation
In the Bear's Name (as is the fashion,
According to the Law of Arms,
To keep Men from inglorious Harms)
That none presume to come so near
As forty Foot of Stake of Bear ;
If any yet be so fool-hardy,
T'expose themselves to vain Jeopardy ;
If they come wounded off and lame,
No Honour's got by fuch a Maim,
Although the Bear gain much, b'ing bound
In Honour to make good his Ground,
When he's engag'd, and take no notice,
If any press upon him, who ’tis,
But lets them know at their own Cost
That he intends to keep his Poft.
This to prevent, and other Harms,
Which always wait on Feats of Arms,
(For in the Hurry of a Fray
'Tis hard to keep out of Harm's way)
Thither the Knight his course did steer;
To keep the Peace 'twixt Dog and Bear ;

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As he believ'd he was bound to do
In Conscience and Commission too. Ofisi
And therefore thus bespoke the Squire;

We that are wisely mounted higher vua
Than Constables in Curule Wit,
When on Tribunal Bench we fit,
Like Speculators should foresee,
From Pbaros of Authority, L.,...,
Portended Mischiefs farther then
Low Proletarian Tything-Men.
And therefore being inform’d by Bruté, vbi
That Dog and Bear are to dispute ; 0655
For so of late Men fighting name,
Because they often prove the fame;..
(For where the first does hap tobe,
The last does coincidere.)
Quantum in nobis, have thought good,' ;
To save th’ Expence of Christian Blood,
And

try if we by Mediation
Of Treaty and Accommodation,
Can end the Quarrel, and compose
The bloudy Duel, without Blows.

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Are not our Liberties, our Lives,
The Laws, Religion, and our Wives,
Enough at once to lye at stake
For Cov'nant and the Cause's Sake ?
But in that Quarrel Dogs and Bears,
As well as we must venture theirs ?
This Feud by Jesuists invented,
By evil Counsel is fomented;
There is a Machiavilian Plot,
(Though ev'ry Nare olfact it not)
A deep Design in't to divide
The well affected that confide,
By setting Brother against Brother,
To claw and curry one another.
Have we not Enemies plus satis,
That Cane & Angue pejus hate us?
And shall we turn our Fangs and Claws
Upon our own felves without Cause ?
That some occult Design doth ly
In bloudy Cynarētomachy,
Is plain enough to him that knows
How Şaints lead Brothers by the Nose,

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