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'Tis strange how some men's tempers suit,
Like bawd and brandy, with dispute,
That for their own opinions stand fast,
Only to have them claw'd and canvass'd.
'Tis the temptation of the devil
That makes all human actions evil;
For saints may do the same things by
The spirit, in sincerity,
Which other men are tempted to,
And at the devil's instance do:
And yet the actions be contrary,
Just as the saints and wicked vary.
To have the power to forgive,
Is empire and prerogative,
And 'tis in crowns a nobler gem,
To grant a pardon than condemn.
Too much or too little wit
Do only render th' owner fit
For nothing, but to be undone
Much easier than if they'd none.
What makes the breaking of all oaths
A holy duty?-- food and clothes.
When civil dudgeon first grew high,
And men fell out, they knew not why;
When hard words, jealousies, and fears
Set folk together by the ears,
And made them fight, like mad or drunk,
For dame Religion, as for punk.
Whipping, that's virtue's governess,
Tutoress of arts and sciences;
That mends the gross mistakes of nature,
And puts new life into dull matter;
That lays foundation for renown,
And all the honours of the gown.
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler,
And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
A degenerate nobleman, or one that is proud of his birth, is like a turnip. There is nothing good of him but that which is underground.
- "Characters"--A Degenerate Noblemen
A grisly meteor on his face.
- Cobbler and Vicar of Bray [Stars]
'Tis not amiss, ere ye're giv'n o'er,
To try one desp'rate med'cine more;
For where your case can be no worse,
The desp'rat'st is the wisest course.
- Epistle of Hudibras to Sidrophel (l. 5)
And though it be a two-foot trout,
'Tis with a single hair pulled out.
- Hudibras [Hair : Trout]
The truest characters of ignorance
Are vanity, and pride, and annoyance.
- Hudibras [Ignorance]
So justice while she winks at crimes,
Stumbles on innocence sometimes.
- Hudibras (canto II, pt. II, l. 1177)
Compound for sins they are inclin'd to,
By damning those they have no mind to.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto !, l. 215) [Sin]
And wisely tell what hour o' th' day
The clock does strike by Algebra.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, 125) [Learning]
This hairy meteor did announce
The fall of sceptres and of crowns.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, 247) [Stars]
And pulpit, drum ecclesiastic,
Was beat with fist instead of a stick.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 11)
In mathematics he was greater
Than Tycho Brahe, or Erra Pater;
For he, by geometric scale,
Could take the size of pots of ale.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 119)
Beside, he was a shrewd philosopher,
And had read ev'ry text and gloss over
Whate'er the crabbed'st author hath,
He understood b' implicit faith.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 127)
Whatever Sceptic could inquire for,
For every why he had a wherefore.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 131)
All which he understood by rote,
And, as occasion serv'd, would quote.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 135)
Where entity and quiddity,
The ghosts of defunct bodies, fly.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 145)
He knew what's what, and that's as high
As metaphysic wit can fly.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 149)
Such as take lodgings in a head
That's to be let unfurnished.
- Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 161) [Mind]
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