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To lay their native arms aside,
Their modesty, and ride aftride ;

39 To run a-tilt at men, and wield Their naked tools in

open
As stout Armida, bold Thalestris,
And she that would have been the mistress
Of Gundibert, but he had grace,
And rather took a country lass ;
They say 'tis false without all sense,
But of pernicious consequence
To government, which they suppose
Can never be upheld in prose;
Strip Nature naked to the skin,
You 'll find about her no such thing.
It may be so, yet what we tell
Of Trulla, that 's improbable,
Shall be depos’d by those have seen t,

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Or, what's as good, produc'd in print;
And if they will not take our word,
We 'll

prove it true upon record. The upright Cerdon next advanc't, Of all his race the valiant't :

410 Cerdon

Ver. 409. Cerdon] A one-eyed cobler, like his brother Colonel Hewson. The Poet observes, that his chief talent lay in preaching. Is it not then indecent, and beyond the rules of decorum, to introduce him into such rough company ? No; it is probable he had but newly set up the trade of a Teacher ; and we may conclude that the Poet did not think that he had to much fanctity as to debar him the pleasure of his beloved diversion of Bear-baiting.

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Cerdon the Great, renown'd in song,
"Like Herc'les, for repair of wrong:
He rais'd the low, and fortify'd
The weak against the strongest fide :
Ill has he read that never hit
On him in Muses' deathless writ.
He had a weapon keen and fierce,
That through a bull-hide shield would pierce,
And cut it in a thousand pieces,
Though tougher than the Knight of Greece's,
With whom his black-thumb’d ancestor
Was comrade in the ten-years' war :
For when the restless Greeks sat down
So many years before Troy town,
And were renown'd, as Homer writes,
For well-fold boots no less than fights,
They ow'd that glory only to
His ancestor, that made them fo.
Fast friend he was to Reformation,
Until 'twas worn quite out of fashion ;
Next rectifier of wry law,
And would make three to cure one flaw.
Learned he was, and could take note,
Transcribe, colle&t, translate, and quote :
But preaching was his chiefest talent,
Or argument, in which being valiant,

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He

Ver. 435.] Mechanics of all sorts were then Preachers, and some of them much followed and ad

He us'd to lay about and stickle,
Like ram or bull at Conventicle :

For

mired by the mob. “ I am to tell thee, Christian “Reader,” (says Dr. Featley, preface to his Dipper dipp'd, wrote 1645, and published 1647, p. 1.) “ This “ new year of new changes, nerer heard of in former

ages, namely, of stables turned into temples, and I “ will beg leave to add, temples turned into ftables

(as was that of St. Paul's, and many more), stalls “ into quires, shopboards into communion-tables, tubs “ into pulpits, aprons into linen ephods, and mecha“ nics of the lowest rank into priests of the high placeś. " - I wonder that our door-posts and walls sweat not,

upon which such notes as these have been lately af“ fixed; on such a day, such a brewer's clerk exer“ ciseth ; such a tailor expoundeth; such a waterman “ teacheth. If cooks, instead of mincing their meat, “ fall upon dividing of the Word; if tailors leap up “ from the Mopboard into the pulpit, and patch up sermons out of stolen shreds ; if not only of the lowelt “ of the people, as in Jeroboam's time, priests are con“ secrated to the Most High God-Do we marvel to “ see such confusion in the Church as there is !” They are humouroully girded in a tract entitled, The Reformado, precisely character'd, by a modern Church-warden, p. 11. Here are felt-makers (says he) who can “ roundly deal with the blockheads and neutral dimi* casters of the world; coblers who can give good “ rules for upright walking, and handle Scripture to a “ bristle ; coachmen who know how to lath the beastly enormities, and curb the headstrong insolences of “ this brutish age, stoutly exhorting us to stand up

for “ the truth, left the wheel of destruction roundly over“ run us. We have weavers that can tweetly inform VOL. I.

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For disputants, like rams and bulls,
Do fight with arms that spring from sculls.

Last Colon came, bold man of war,
Destin'd to blows by fatal star ;
Right expert in command of horse,
But cruel, and without remorse.
That which of Centaur long ago
Was said, and has been wrested to
Some other knights, was true of this,
He and his horse were of a piece ;
One fpirit did inform them both,
The self-fame vigour, fury, wroth :
Yet he was much the rougher part,
And always had a harder heart,
Although his horse had been of those
That fed on man's flesh, as fame goes :
Stran e fiod for horse! and, yet, alas !
It may be true, for flesh is grass.
Sturdy he was, and no less able
Than Hercules to clean a stable ;

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“ us of the shuttle swiftness of the times, and practi^ cally tread out the vicissitude of all sublunary things « till the web of our life be cut off : and here are me" chanics, of my profession, who can separate the

pieces of salvation from those of damnation, mea“ sure out every man's portion, and cut it out by a " thread, substantially pressing the points, till they " have fashionably filed up their work with a well-bot66 tomed conclusion."

ver. 441. Golon.] Ned Perry, an hoftler,

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As great a drover, and as great
A critic too, in hog or neat.
He ripp'd the womb up of his mother,
Dame Tellus, 'cause she wanted fother,
And provender, wherewith to feed
Himself and his less cruel steed.
It was a question whether he
Or 's horse were of a family
More worshipful ; till antiquaries
(After they ’ad almost por'd out their eyes)
Did very learnedly decide
The business on the horse's side,
And prov'd not only horse, but cows,
Nay pigs, were of the elder house :
For beasts, when man was but a piece.
Of earth himself, did th' earth possess.
These worthies were the chief that led
The combatants, each in the head
Of his command, with arms and rage
Ready, and longing to engage.
The numerous rabble was drawn out:
Of several counties round about,
From villages remote, and shires
Of east and western hemispheres.
From foreign parishes and regions,
Of different manners, speech, religions,
Came men and mastiffs ; fome to fight
For fame and honour, some for fight.
And now the field of death, the lists,
Were enter'd by antagonists,

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