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Part S. Cand 3. Line 629.

I. Rof sculp.

H U DI B R A S.

CANTO III.

Who would believe what strange bugbears
Mankind creates itself, of fears,
That spring, like fern, that insect weed,
Equivocally, without seed,
And have no possible foundation,
But merely in th’ imagination ?

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And yet can do more dreadful feats
Than hags, with all their imps and teats ;
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 chop and change intelligences ;
As Rosicrucian virtuoso's
Can see with ears, and hear with noses ;
And when they neither fee nor hear,
Have more than both supply'd by fear,
That makes them in the dark fee visions,
And hag themselves with apparitions,
And when their eyes discover leaft,
Discern the subtlest objects best;
Do things not contrary alone,
To th' course of nature, but its own,

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