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PART II.

THIRD CANTO.

The argument.

The Knight, with various doubts pollet
To win the Lady, goes in quest
Of Sidrophel the Rosy-crucian,
To know the dest' nies' resolution :
With whom being met, they both chop logic
About the science astrologic.
Till falling from difpute to fight,
The Conjurer's worsted by the Knight.

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H U DI B R A S.

CANTO III.

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

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Some with a noise, and greasy light,
Are snapt, as men catch larks by night,
Ensnar'd and hamper'd by the soul,
As nooses by the legs catch fowl.
Some, with a med’cine, and receipt,
Are drawn to nibble at the bait ;
And tho’ it be a two-foot trout,
'Tis with a single hair pulld out.

Others believe no voice t’an organ
So sweet as lawyer's in his bar-gown,
Until, with subtle cobweb-cheats,
They're catch'd in knotted law, like nets ;
In which, when once they are imbrangled,
The more they stir, the more they ’re tangled ;
And while their purses can dispute,
There's no end of th' immortal suit.

Others still gape t' anticipate The cabinet-designs of fate,

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Apply to wizards, to foresee
What shall, and what shall never be ;
And as those vultures do forebode,
Believe events prove bad or good;
A flam more senseless than the roguery
Of old auruspicy and aug’ry,
That out of garbages of cattle
Presag'd th' events of truce or battle ;
From flight of birds, or chickens pecking,
Success of great'st attempts would reckon :
Tho' cheats, yet more intelligible
Than those that with the stars do fribble.
This Hudibras by proof found true,
As in due time and place we'll fhew :
For he, with beard and face made clean,
Being mounted on his steed again,
And Ralpho got a cock-horse too,
Upon his beast, with much ado,

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