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For Beasts, when Man was but a piece
Of Earth himself, did th’Earth possess.

Thefe Worthies were the Chief that led
The Combatants, each in the Head
Of his Command, with Arms and Rage,
Ready and longing to engagé.
The numerous Rabble was drawn out
Of several Countries round about,
From Villages remote, and Shires,
Of East and Western Hemispheres :
From foreign Parishes and Regions,
Of different Manners, Speech, Religions,
Came Men and Mastiffs ; fome to fight
For Fame and Honour, fome for Sight 5
And now the Field of Death, the Lists,
Were entred by Antagonists,
And Bloud was ready to be broached

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When Hudibras in haste approached,
With Squire and Weapons to attack'em :
But first thus from his Horse bespake 'em.

What Rage, O Citizens, what Fury Doth you to these dire Actions hurry?

What

Makes you

What Estrum, what Phrenetick Mood

thus lavish of your Blood, While the proud Vies your Trophies boalt, And unreveng'd walks------ Ghost? What Towns, what Garrisons might you With Hazard of this Bloud subdue, Which now y' are bent to throw away in vain, Untriumphable Fray? Shall Saints in civil Bloudshed wallow Of Saints, and let the Cause lie fallow? The Cause, for which we fought and swore So boldly, shall we now give o’re? Then because Quarrels still are seen With Oaths and Swearing to begin, The Solemn League and Covenant Will seem a meer God-dam-me Rant; And we that took it, and have fouglıt, As lewd as Drunkards that fall out. For as we make War for the King : Against þimself, the self-fame thing, Some will not stick to swear we de For God, and for Religion too;

For if Bear-Baiting we allow,
What good can Reformation do?
The Blood and Treasure that’s laid out,
Is thrown

away,

and
goes

for nought.
Are these the Fruits o'th' Protestation,
The Prototype of Reformation,
Which all the Saints, and some, since Martyrs,
Wore in their Hats like Wedding -Garters,
When 'twas refolv'd by either House
Six Members Quarrel to espouse ?
Did they, for this, draw down the Rabble,
With Zealand Noises formidable :
And make all Cries about the Town
Join Throats to cry the Bishops down?
Who having round begirt the Palace,
(As once a Month they do the Gallows )
As Members gave the Sign about,
Set up their Throats with hideous Shout.
When Tinkers bawl'd aloud, to settle
Church-Discipline, for patching Kettle:
No Sow-gelder did blow his Horn
To geld a Cat, but cry'd Reform.

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The Oyster-Women lock'd their Fish up, And trudg’d away to cry No Bishop. The Mouse-Trap-Men laid Save-alls by, And ’gainst Evil Counsellors did cry. Botchers left old Cloaths in the Lurchi, And fell to turn and patch the Church. Some cry'd the Covenant instead Of Pudding-Pies and Ginger-Bread And fome for Brooms, Old Boots and Shoes, Baul’d out to purge the Common's House : Instead of Kitchen-Stuff, some cry, A Gospel-Preaching-Ministry ; And some for Old Suits, Coats, or Cloak, No Surplices, nor Service-Look. A strange harmonious Iviclination Of all Degrees to Reformation. And is this all? Is this the End To which these Carr’ings on did tend? Hạth Publick Faith, like a young Heir, For this tak’n up all sorts of Ware, And run int' every Tradesman's Book, Till both turn’d Bankrupts, and are broke?

Did Saints for this bring in their Plate, And crowd as if they came too late ? For when they thought the Cause had need on't Happy was he that could be rid on't. Did they coin Piss-pots, Bowls and Flaggons, Int Officers of Horse, and Dragoons ; And into Pikes and Musqueteers Stampt Beakers, Cups and Porringers? A Thimble, Bodkin, and a Spoon Did start up living Men, as soon As in the Furnace they were thrown, Just like the Dragon's Teeth b’ing fown. Then was the Cause all Gold and Plate, The Brethrens Off’rings, consecrate Like th' Hebrew-Calf, and down before it The Saints fell prostrate, to adore.it, So say the Wicked-.-- and will you Make that Sarcasmous Scandal true, By running after Dogs and Bears. Beasts more unclean than Calves or Steers ? Have powerful Preachers ply'd their Tongues, And laid themselves cut and their Lungs:

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