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LONDON:
GRIFFIN, BOHN, AND COMPANY,

STATIONERS' HALL COURT.

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POEMS

OF

SAMUEL BUTLER.

HUDI BRA S.

PART II. —CANTO III.

THE ARGUMENT.

The knight, with various doubts possessed,
To win the lady goes in quest
Of Sidrophel the Rosicrucian,
To know destinies' resolution ;
With whom being met, they both chop logic
About the science astrologic;
Till falling from dispute to fight,
The conjurer's worsted by the knight.

DOUBTLESS the pleasure is as great

Of being cheated, as to cheat;*
As lookers-on feel most delight,
That least perceive a juggler's sleight,
And still the less they understand,
The more th' admire his sleight of hand.

Some with a noise, and greasy light,
Are snapped, as men catch larks by night,+

* This familiar couplet appropriately introduces the subject of the canto, which is to expose the knaveries of astrologers, fortune-tellers, and other classes of cheats, who, under the mask of the learned professions, impose on the credulity of mankind. Swift has enlarged upon the suggestion in treating of the pleasures of mental delusion. • The happiness of life consists in being well deceived. See Tale of a Tub.

+ Alluding to the method of fowling in the night, by the low-bell, a process which consisted in first wakening the birds by the sound of

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