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To lay their native arms aside,
39 To run a-tilt at men, and wield Their naked tools in
prove it true upon record. The upright Cerdon next advanc't, Of all his race the valiant't :
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.
Cerdon the Great, renown'd in song,
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,
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.
For disputants, like rams and bulls,
Last Colon came, bold man of war,
“ 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,
As great a drover, and as great