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Sing Catches to the Saints at Mascon,
And tell them aļl they came to ask him?
Appear in divers shapes to Kelly ?
And speak i'th' Nun at Loudon's Belly ?
Meet with the Parliament's Committee
At Woodstock on a Pers'nal Treaty ?
At Sarum take a Cavalier
th Cause's Service Prisoner.
As Witbers in immortal Rhime
Has register'd to after-time :
Do not our great Reformers use. •;'. ,
This Sidropbel to fore-bode News ani
To write of Vittories next Year, i
And Castles taken ýet i' th Air ?
Of Battels fought at Sea, and Ships
Sunk two Years hence, the last Eclipse ?
A Total overthrow giv’n the King
In Cornwal, Horse and Foot; next Spring;
And has not he Point-blank foretold
Whatse'er the close Committee would :
Made Mars and Saturn for the Cause,
The Moon for fundamental Laws ?
The Ram, and Bull, and Goat declare
Against the Book of Common-Pray'r
The Scorpion take the Protestation,
And Bear engage for Reformation ;
Made all the Royal Stars recant,
Compound and take the Covenant ?
Quoth Hudibras, The Case is clear,
The Saints m'employ a Conjurer's
As thou hast prov'd it by their Praktice,
No Argument like Matter of Fad is,
And we are best of all led to
Men's Principles by whảt they do zm3!16"
Then let us straight advance iii quest) 371!"
Of this profound Gymnosophift, 1. 12:17
And as the Fates and be advise? (,..
Pursue, or wave this Enterprize.
lui: This said, he turnd about his Steed, s, And eftfoons on th' Adventure rid, iO! Where leave we Him and Ralpb a while, 1.5*'. And to th Conj'rer turn our Stile, s. To let our Reader understand tiltotta What's useful of him, before-hand. 1:1
He had been long t'wards Mathematicks,
Opticks, Philofophy, and Staticks,
Magick, Horoscopy, Astrology,
And was old Dog at Phisiology ;
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-fame place
Where at his setting out he was.
So in the Circle of the Arts
Did he advance his Nat'ral Parts ;
Till falling back still for Retreat,
He fell to Juggle, Cant, and Cheat: :
For as those Fowls that live in Water
Are never wet, he did but smatter
VVhat e'er he labour'd to appear,
His Understanding still was clear.
Yet none a deeper Knowledge boasted,
Since old Hodg-Bacon, and Bob Grosted.
Th’ Intelligible V Vorld he knew,
And all Men dreamon't, to be true :
That in this world there's not a Wart
That has not there a Counterpart ;
Nor can there on the face of Ground
An Individual Beard be found,
That has not in that Foreign Nation
A Fellow of the self-fame Fashion's
So cut, fo colour and so curld,
As those are in th' Inferior World.
H' had read Dee's Prefaces before,
The Devil and Eucli de o'er and o'er
And all tho Intrigues 'twixt him and Kelley,
Lefcus and th’Emperor would tell ye
But with the Moon was more familiar
Than e'er was Almanack well-willer.
Her Secrets understood fo clear,
That some believ'd he had been there
Knew when she was in fittest Mood,
For cutting Corns, or letting Blood's
When for anointing Scabs or Itches,
Or to the Bum applying Leeches;
When Sows and Bitches may be spay'd
And in what Sign best Cyder's made;
Whether the Wane be, or Increase,
Best to set Garlick, or fow Pease.
Who first found out the Man 2 tb Moon,
That to the Ancients was unknown;
How many Dukes, and Earls, and Peers,
Are in the Planetary Spheres ;
Their Airy Empire, and Command,
Their sev'ral strengths by Sea and Land,
What Factions th' have, and what they drive at
In publick Vogue, or what in private;
With what Designs and Interefts
Each Party manages Contests.
He made an Instrument to know
If the Moon shine at Full or no;
That would, as soon as e'r she shone strait
Whether 'twere Day or Night demonftrate;
Tell what her D'ameter tan Inch is,
she is not made of Green-Cheeft,
It would demonstrate, that the Man in
The Moon's a Sea Mediterranean.
And that it is no Dogi or Bitch,
That stands behind him at his Breech