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Have mighty Heaps of Wealth amassid,
Would gladly lay down all at last:
And to be but undone, Entail
Their Vessels on perpetual Jail;
And bless the Devil to let them Farms
Of forfeit Souls, on no worfe Terms.

This said, a near, and louder Shout
Put all th? Assembly to the Rout:
Who now begun to out-run their Fear,
As Horses do, from those they bear:
But crouded on, with so much hafte,
Until th’had block'd the Paffage faft;
And Barridaco'd it with Haunches
Of Outward Men, and Bulks and Paunches,
That with their Shoulders strove to squeeze,
And rather save a Crippled piece
Of all their crush'd and broken Members,
Than have them Grillied on the Embers:
Still pressing on with heavy Packs,
Of one another, on their Backs :
The Van-Guard could no longer bear
The Charges of the Forlorn Rere ;

But

But born down headlong by the Rout,
Were trampled sorely under Foot,
Yet nothing prov'd so formidable,
As th' horrid Cookery of the Rabble ;
And Fear that keeps all Feeling out,
As lefser Pains are by the Gout,
Reliev'd 'em with a fresh Supply
Of rallied Force, enough to fly,
And beat a Tuscan Running Horse,
Whose Jocky-Rider is all Spurs.

CANTO

155

The ARGUMENT of the

THIRD CANTO.

The Knight and Squire's Prodigious Flight,
To quit th’Inchanted Bow'r by Night :
He plods to tarn his Amorous Suit
Plea in Law, and profecute:
Repairs to Counsel, to advise
'Bout managing the Enterprize :
But first Resolves to try by Letter,
And one more fair Address, to get her.

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CANTO II.

HO would believe what strange Bug

bears

Mankind creates itself, of Fears,
That spring like Fern, that Insect Weed,
Equivocally, without Seed;
And have no possible Foundation,
But meerly in th'Imagination:
And yet can do more dreadful Feats,
Than Hags, with all their Imps and Teats :

Make

Make more bewitch and haunt themselves, Than all their Nurseries of Elves. For Fear does things so like a Witch, ?Tis hard t'unriddle which is which, Sets up Communities of Senses, To chopand change Intelligences; As Rosi-crusian Virtuofi's, Can fee with Ears, and hear with Noses : And when they neither see nor hear, Have more than both supply'd by Fear; That makes 'em in the Dark fee Vifons, And hag themselves with Apparitions : And when their Eyes discover least, Difcern the subtlest Objects best. Do things not contrary alone To th’ Courfe of Nature, but its own: The Courage of the Bravest daunt, And turn Poltroons as valiant ; For Men as resolute appear With too much, as too little Fear. And when they're out of hopes of flying, Will run away from Death by dying:

O

Or turn again to stand it out,
And those they fled, like Lions, Rout.

This Hadibras had prov'd too true,
Who, by the Furies, left Perdue,
And haunted with Detachments, fent
From Marshal Legion's Regiment;
Was by a Fiend, as counterfeit,
Reliev'd and Rescu'd with a Cheat:
When nothing but Himself, and Fear,
Were both the Imps and Conjurer :
As by the Rules o’th' Vertuosi,
It follows in due Form of Poʻfie.

Disguis'd in all the Mask of Night, VVe left our Champion on his Flight: At Blindmans-Buff to grope his way, In equal fear of Night and Day: Who took this dark and desp'rate Course, He knew no better than his Horse; And by an unknown Devil led, (He knew as little whither) fled. He never was in greater need, Nor less Capacity of Speed.

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