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Who might, perhaps, reduce his Cause
To th’ Ordeal Tryal of the Laws;
Where none escape, but such as branded
With red-hot Irons have past bare-handed;
And if they cannot read one Verse
I’ th? Psalms, must sing it, and that's worse.
He therefore judging it below him,
To tempt a Shame the Devil might owe him,
Resolv'd to leave the Squire for Bail
And Mainprize for him, to the Gaol,
To answer, with his Vessel, all
That might disastrously befal.
And thought it now the fittest Juncture
To give the Lady a Rencounter,
T'acquaint her with his Expedition,
And Conquest o’er the fierce Magtcian ;
Describe the manner of the Fray,
And shew the Spoils he brought away ;
His bloody Scourging aggravate,
The Number of the Blows and Weight,
All which might probably succeed,
And gain Belief h' had done the Deed.
Which he refolv'd t'enforce, and spare
No pawning of his Soul to twear;
But, rather than produce his Back,
To set his Conscience on the Rack:
And in pursuance of his urging
Of Articles perform'd, and Scourging;
And all things else upon his part,
Demand Delivery of her Heart,
Her Goods, and Chattels, and good Graces,
And Person, up to his Embraces. 13.
Thought he, the ancient Errant K mights
Won all their Ladies Hearts in Fights;
And cut whole Gyants into Fritters,
them into amorous Twitters;
Whose stubborn Bowels fcorn'd to yield
Until their Galants were half kill'd:
But when their Bones were drub'd so fore
They durft not wooe ore Combate more,
The Ladies Hearts began to melt,
Subdu'd with Blows their Lovers felt.
So Spanish Heroes with their Lances,
At once wound Bulls and Ladies Fancies :
And he acquires the noblest Spouse
That widows greatest Herds of Cows;
Then what may I expect to do,
Who’ve quelld fo vást a Buffalo? ;)
Mean while the Squire was on his way,
The Knight'si tate:Orders to obey ;
Who sent him for a strong Detachment
Of Beadle, Constable and Watchmen, i
T'.artack the Cunning man for Plunder
Committed fallly on his Lumber;
When he, who had folately fack'di
The Enemý, had done the Fact,
Had rifled all his Pokes and Fobs 1.75"
Of GimcracksWhimscand Jiggumbobs,
Which he by hook or erøok had gather’d,
And for his:own Inventions father'dı:
And when they should, at Gaol-delivery,
Unriddle one another's Thievery,
Both might have Evidence enough,
To render neither Halter-proof.
He thought it desperate to tarry,
And venture to be accessary;
But rather wisely slip his Fetters,
And leave them for the Knight, his Betters.
He call'd to mind th’unjust foul play
He would have offer'd him that day,
To make him curry his own Hide,
Which no Beast ever did beside.
Without all possible Evasion,
But of the Riding Dispensation.
And therefore much about the hour,
The Knight (for reasons told before)
Resolv'd to leave him to the Fury
Of Justice, and an unpack?d Jury.
The Squire concur?dt? abandon him,
And serve him in the self-fame trim;
T'acquaint the Lady what h' had done,
And what he meant to carry on;
What Project 'twas he went about,
When Sidrophel and he fell out ;
His firm and stedfast Resolution,
To swear her to an Execution:
To pawn his inward Ears to marry her.
And bribe the Devil himself to carry her,
In which both dealt, as if they meant
Their Party Saints to represent,
Who never faild, upon their saring
In any prosperous Arms-bearing,
To lay themselves out, to supplant
Each other Cousin-Germain Saint.
But e’er the Knight could do his part,
The Squire had got so much the start,
H’had to the Lady done his Errand.
And told her all his Tricks aforehand.
Just as he finish'd his Report,
The Knight alighted in the Court;
And having ty’d his Beast ta Pale,
And taken time for both to stale,
He put his Band and Beard in order,
The sprucer to accost and board her,
And now began t'approach the Door;
When she, wh' had spy'd him out befare,
Convey'd th’ Informer out of sight,
And went to entertain the Knight,
With whom encountring after Longees.
Of humble and submissive Congees,