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*' Conjiable^s Egg, fome Widglno^ Authority, you are fo eafily of-
" fended." (fee Miramont^s Treatment of his Brother Brifac the
Jufiice ; Beaumont and Fletchers Elder Brother, aft 2. fc. i.) and
as they made luch mean Perfons Jujlices of the Peace, that they
might more eafily govern them ; Crom^joeil afterwards took the
fame method in his Choice of High-Sheriffs, whom he appointed
from YtQmen, or the /czv*^ Tradejmen, that he cou'd confide in ;



How dar'ft thou with that fullen Luggage

O' th' felf, old Ir*n, and other Baggage,

With which thy Steed of Bones and Leather
^(^^ Has broke his Wind in halting hither ;

How durft th', I fay, adventure thus

T' oppofe thy Lumber againft us ?

Could thine Impertinence find out

No Work t' em ply it felf about,
700 Where thou, fecure from Wooden Blow

Thy bufy Vanity might' ft Ihow ?

Was no Difpute a-foot between

The Caterwauling Bretheren ?

No fubtle Queftion rais'd among
^05 Thofe out-o" -their JVits, andthofei' th' Wrong j

No Prize between thofe Combatants

O' th' Times, the Land and Wazer-Saints -,

the expence of Retinue and treating the Judges being taken away,
{Heatlis Chronicle, p. 401.)

■j.'. 695. Is tamed, and tird in halting hither.^ Thus it ftr.nds in
the two firft Editions of 1663.

f. 703. The Caterivauling Bretheren ?] A Writer of thofe times
f Umbra Commitiorum, or Cambridge CommerKement in Types, p. 6.
tenes me) thus ftyles the Presbyterians " How did the rampant Bro-
*• ther-hood (fays he) play their Prize, and caterwaul one another."
But Mr. Butler defigned this probably as a fneer upon the Affem-
bly of Divines, and fome of their curious and fubtle Debates : for
which our Poet has lafh'd them in an other Work. Mr, Selden
/fays he. Remains, 2' edit, 1727. p. 226) " vifits the Affembly, as
•• Perfians ufed to fee Wild Afles fight : when the Commons have
•• tired him with their New Law, thefe Brethren refrelh him with
•' their Mad Gofpel : they lately were gravelled betwixt Jerufci'
«' lem and Jericho, they knew not the dillance betwixt thofe two
•' Places ; one cry'd Twenty miles, another Ten, It was conclud-
•• ed Seven for this reafon, that Fifh was brought from Jerichg
•* to Jerufalem Market : Mr, Selden fmiled and faid. Perhaps the
*• Fiih was Salt-Fifti and fo ftopp'd their mouths. And as to their
Annotations, many of them were no better than Peter Harrifons,

^ who obferv'd of the Two Tables of Stone, That they were mad«

N of Shittitn Wood. [Umbra Commitior. &c. p. 7,]

f. 707. The Land and Water •Saints.'^ The Prahjtgrians, and
JnabaptiJIi. f. 709.


Where thou might' ft //V/^/^ without Hazard
Of Outrage to thy Hide and Mazzard 5

710 And not for want of Bus'nefs come
To us to be thus troublefome.
To interrupt our better Sort
Of Difputants, and fpoil our Sport ?
Was there no Felony^ no Bawd^

715 Cut-purfe, nor Burglary abroad ?

No Stolen Pig, nor Plunder'' d Goofey
To tie thee up from breaking loofe ?
No Ale unlicens'd, broken Hedge,
For which thou Statute might' ft alledge,

720 To keep thee bufy from foul Evil,

And Shame due to thee from the Devil ?
Did no Committee fit, where he -
Might cut out Journey-work for thee ?

f. 709 Mazzard] Face.

f. yi^^JVas there no Felony^ &c.] Thefe properly were cognize-
able by Him, as a Jujiice of the Peace.

f. 718, 719. No Ale unlicens'd, broken Hedge, — Tor '■cvhich thou
Statute might'' ji alledge ]Ale-houfes are to be licens'd by "Juflices of
the Peace, who have power to put them down by 5 and 6 Ednv. 6.
chap. 25, &c. See Jacob'' s La^ju Di&ionary : and by 43 Eliz. cap. 7.
Hedge-breakers, (hall pay fuch Damages as a Jujiice fliall think fit ;
and if not able, fhall be committed to the Conjiable, to be whipp\l»
See Jacob'' Sf &c.

f.']Z\. And Shame due too thee frojn the De'vil.'] An'Ex'pr&^xQn
ufedby Sancho Pancha. {Don ^ixote, vol. 1. chap, i i.p. 281.)

f. 722. Did no Committee Jit.'] Some fhort Account has already
been given of Committees, and their OpprelTions : to which the
Author of a Poem intitled, Sir Johti Birkenhead re-viv^d, p, 3, al-
ludes, in the Following Lines j

The Plonujlands Jiill, and Trade is fmall^

For Goods, Lands, Toijjns and Cities^
Nay I dare fay, the Devil and All

Pays Tribute to Committees.

And Mr. Walker obferves, (Hiflorf of Independency part 1. p. 6.'^.)

" that to hiftorize them at large, (namely the grievances from

Vol. I. N " Com-


And fet th' a Task, with Subornation,

725 Toftitchup Sale and Sequejiration^
To cheat, with HoUnefs and Zealy
All Parties and the Common-weal:
Much better had it been for thee,
H* had kept thee where th' art us'd to be j

^T^o Or fent th* on Bus'nefs any whither.
So he had never brought thee thither.

** Committees) would require a volume as big as the Book of Mar -
tyrsy and that the People were then generally of opinion, that
they might as eafily find Charity in Hell, as Juftice in any Com-
•' mittee : and that the King hath taken down one Star Chamber ,
*• and the Parliament have {tt up a Hundred." Mr. Cieveland
gives the following Charafter of a Country Committee-man, (Works,
p. 98.) " He is one, who for his good Behaviour has paid the Ex-
•' cife of his Ears, fo fufFered Piracy by the Land Caption of Ship-
*' Money; next a Primitive Freeholder, who hates the King, be-
" caufe he is a Gentleman, tranfgrefling the Magna Charta of
" Delving Adam, (alluding to thofe two lines ufed by John Ball^
to encourage the Rebels in Wat Tyler'' ^ and Jack Straw's Rebel-
lion, in the Reign of King Richard the Second.

When Adam dolaie, and Eve /pan f
Who 'was then the Gentleman ?)

** Adding to thefe, a mortified Bankrupt, that helps out the Falfe
** Weights with a Mene Tekel. Thefe with a New Blenv-Jiockened
*' Juftice, lately made of a Basket-hilted Yeoman, with a fliort-
" handed Clerk tack'd to the reer of hiiji, to carry the Knapfack
** of his underftanding, together with two or three equivocal Sirs,
*' whofe Religion like their Gentility is the Extract of their Arms :
*' Being therefore Spiritual, becaufe they are Earthly, not forgett-
** ing the Man of the Law, whofe Corruption gives the Hogan to
** the fincere Jun8o : Thefe are all the Simples of the precious
" Compound : a Kind of Dutch Hotch-potch, the Hogan-mogan
** Committee-man.'''' See more, Cleveland, p. 94, &c. Walker's Hi fi.
of Independency, part i.p. 4, 5, 6.

f. 725. To Ji itch up Sale and Sequefiration.'\ See Mr. Cleveland's
Character of Sequeftrator (Works, ibyy.p. 99.)

3^. 726. To cheat ivith HoUnefs and Zeal] J. Taylor the Water-
l*oet banters fuch Perfons, (Motto: Works 16^0. ]^. ^■^.)

J nxJant the Knovuledge of the Thriving Art,
A Holy Qutjide, and a Hollovj Heart,

f* 733-


But if th* haft Brain enough in Skull
To keep it felf in Lodging whole,
And not provoke the Rage of Stones,

735 And Cudgels to thy Hide and Bones ;
Tremble, and vanifh, while thou may'fl.
Which I'll not promife if thou ftay'ft.
At this the Knight grew high in Wroth,
And lifting Hands and Eyes up both,

740 Three Times he fmote on Stomach ftout.

From whence at length thefe Words broke out :

Was I for this entitled Sir,
And girt with trufty Sword and Spur,
For Fame and Honour to wage Battel,

745 Thusto be brav'd by Foe to Cattel?
Not all that Pride that makes thee fwell
As big as thou doft blown-up Veal ;
Nor all thy Tricks and Slights to cheat,
And fell thy Carrion for good Meat ; \

750 Not all thy Magick to repair

Decay'd old Age in tough lean Ware*
Make nat'ral Death appear thy Work,
And ftop the Gangreen in ftale Pork ;

f, 733. To keip fuuithtniti Lodging-I Edit. 1674. 84. 89. 94^
1703. reftor'd to the prefent reading, 1 704.

f. 742. Was I /or this entitled SirJ] Hudihras ftiew'd lefs pati-
ence upon this, than Don ^ixote did upon a like occafion ; (voh
3. chap. 32. p. 317.) where he calmly diftinguilhes betwixt an Jf-
front y and an Injury. The Knight is irritated at the fatyrical An-
fwerof Talgol: and vents his Rage in a manner exadly fuited to
his Character j and when his Paffion was work'd up to a height too
great to be exprefs'd in Words, he immediately falls into Acti-
on ; but alas, at his firft Entrance into it, he meets with an un-
lucky Difappointment : an Omen, that the Succefs would be as in*
difFerent as the Caufe, in which he was engaged. (Mr. B.)

3^.752. Turn Death 0/ Nature to thy Work-I In the two firft Edi-
tions of 1663.

N z f. 768,


Not all that Force that makes thee proud,

'jc^^ Becaufe by Bullock ne'er withftood ;

Though arm'd with all thy Cleavers, Knives,
And Axes made to hew down Lives ;
Shall fave or help thee to evade
The Hand of Juftice, or this Blade,

760 Which I, her Sword-bearer, do carry.
For Civil Deed and Military.
Nor fhall thefe Words of Venom bafe.
Which thou haft from their native Place,
Thy Stomach, pump*d to fling on me,

"^6^ Go unreveng'd, though I am free.

Thou down the fame Throat fhak devour *em,
Like tainted Beef, and pay dear for 'em.
Nor lliall it e'er be faid, that JVigbt
With Gantlet blew, and Bafes white,

770 And round blunt Truncheon by his SidCj
So great a Man at Arms defy'd
With Words far bitterer than Wormwood,
That wou'd in Job or Gnz<?/ftir Mood.

jj-. 768,769. Norjhallite'erbe faid. that Wight — WithGantht
Sknv, and Bafes White.'] Alluding I fuppofe, to the Butcher's Blue
Frock, and White Jpron.

•jr. 770. And round blunt Truncheon.] The Butcher's Steel, upon
which he whets his Knife.

j^ 773— ——or Grizel fiir Mood.] Chaucer from Petrarch, in
his Clerk of Oxford's Tale, gives an account of the remarkable
Tryals made by Walter Marquis of Saluce (in Lower Lombard)/ in
Italy) upon the Patience of his Wife Grifel; by fending a Ruffian
to take from her her Daughter and Son two little Infants, under
the pretence of murdering them ; in ftripping her of her coftiy
Robes, and fending her Home to her poor Father in a tatter'd.
condition : pretending, that he had obtain'd a Divorce from the
Pope, for the fatisfaftion of his People, to marry another Lady of
equal Rank with himfelf : to all which Tryals (he cheerfully fub-
mitted : upon which he took her home to his Palace j and his
pretended Lady, and her Brother who were brought to Court, proved
to be her Daughter and Son. See Chaucer' & Works i6oz. folio 41.



Dogs with their Tongues their Wounds do heal,
^j"]^ But Men with Hands, as thou Ihalt feel.
This faid, with hafly Rage he fnatch'd
His Gun-fhot, that in Holflers watch'd ;
And bending Cock, he levell'd full
Againft th' Outfide of TalgoVs Skull ;
780 Vowing that he fliou'd ne'er ftir further.
Nor henceforth Cow or Bullock murther.
But Pallas came in Shape of Ruft,
And 'twixt the Spring and Hammer thrufl
Her Gorgon Shield, which made the Cock
785 Stand fliff, as t' were transform' d a Stock.
Mean while fierce Talgol gath'ring Might,
With rugged Truncheon, charg'd the Knight ;

to folio 47 inclufive, and the Ballad of the Noble Marquis and
Patient Grifel, Colkaion of Old Ballads, Sec. printed 1723. ill.
vol. p. 252.

i^. 782, 783, 784. But Pallas came inJhaptofRujl^ — Anitwixt

the Spring and Hammer thruft—Her Gorgon Shield ] This,

and another PafTage in this Canto, are the only Places where Dei-
ties are introduced in this Poem : as it was not intended for an
Epic Poem, confequently none of the Heroes in it needed fuperna-
tural Affillance : how then comes Pallas to be ulhered in here, and
Mars afterwards ? probably to ridicule Homer and VirgiL whofe
Heroes fcarce perform any adlion, (even the moft feifible) without
the fenfible Aid ofa Deity : and to manifeft that it was not the
want of Abilities, but Choice, that made our Poet avoid fuch Sub-
terfuges; he has given us a Sample of his Judgment in this
way of Writing in the Paffage before us, which taken in it's naked
Meaning— is only — That the Knight's Piftol was for want of ufe
. grown fo rufty, that it would not fire, or in other words, That the
^Kuft was the caufe of his Difappointment. (Mr B.) See General
Hijlorical Didionary, vol. 6. p. 296. Barclay* & ArgenisXih. \. cap.
4. p. 10.,

f. 785. Stand Jliff, as iftnuere turned t' a Stock.'\ in Edit. 1674^
84.89. 94. 1700. 1704. reftored 1710.

. f, i^-i.^^Sinote the Knight.'] In the twofirfl Editions of 1663.

>f 3 a- 7S8,


But he with Petronel upheav'd,
Inftead of Shield, the Blow receivM.

790 The Gun recoil'd, as well it might.
Not us'd to fuch a Kind of Fight,
And fhrunk from its great Matter's Gripe,
Knock'd down and ftunn'd with mortal Stripe.
Then Hudibras^ with furious Hafte,

795 Drew out his Sword ; yet not fo faft.
But Tdgol firft with hardy Thwack
Twice bruis'd his Head, and twice his Back.
But when his nut-brown Sword was out,
"With Stomach huge he laid about,

800 Imprinting many a Wound upon
His mortal Foe, the Truncheon 1
The trufty Cudgel did oppofe
It felf againft dead-doing Blows,
To guard its Leader from fell Bane,

805 And then reveng'd it felf again.

And tho' the Sword (fome underftood)
In Force had much the Odds of Wood,
'Twas nothing fo ; both Sides were ballanc't
So equal, none knew which was valiant'fl :

810 For Wood, with Honour b'ing engag'd.
Is fo implacably enrag'd ;
Though Iron hew and mangle fore.
Wood wounds and bruifes Honour more.

2^. 788, 789. And He nioitbruJlyPifiolheld-To take the Blow on like
aShield.'\ Thus alter'd. 1674. 1684. 1689. 1694. 1700. reftor'd

•^. 788. jind he ivith Petronel] A Horfeman's Gun, See Cham*
hers, Eaily, Kerfey.

f. 798. But ivhen his rugged Stwordnuas out."] In the two firft E-
ditionsof 1663.

ir. 799. Ceurageou/lj,'-mi6j/\.» to 1704. inclufive.

3^. 826.

\ '


And now both Knights vfcre out of Breatb, ;

815 Tir*d in the hot Purfuit of Death ; ^

Whilll all the reft amaz'd ftood ftill, 1

Expeding which fhould take, or kill. ■

This Hudihras obferv'd ; and fretting, \

Conqueft fhould be fo long a getting, i

820 He drew up all his Force into I
One Body, and that into one Blow.

But Talgol wifely avoided it ■

By cunning Slight ; for had it hit, -

The upper Part of him, the Blow '

825 Had flit, as fure as that below. ' :
Mean while th* incon>parablc Cclon^

To aid his Friend, began to fall on ; ^
Him Ralph encounter*d, and ftraight grew

A difmal Combat 'twixt them two : ^


830 Th' one arm*d with Metal, th* Other with Wood, ^

This fit for Bruife, and that for Blood. j

With many a ftiff Thwack, nuny a Bang, .\
Hard Crab-tree, and old Iron rang ;

While none that faw them cou*d divine ;

S35 To which Side Conqueft would incline, ^

Until MagnanOy who did envy *

That two fhould with fo many Men vie, ]

By fubtle Stratagem of Brain ,

Perform*d what force could ner'e attain ; ;

840 For he, by foul Hap, having found \

Where Thiftles grew on barren Ground, ]

In hafte he drew his Weapon out, \
And having cropp'd them from the Root,

f. 826. But mnu fierce Colon ""gan dratu on, — Ti aiithe diftre/s'd '

Champion,'] In the two firft Editions of 1 663. ■

f, 829. J fierce di/pute—i 1674. ^ 1704 inclufive. \

N 4 f' 844.' i


He clapp'd them underneath the Tail
845 Of Steed, with Pricks as fharp as Nail.
The angry Beaft did flraight refent
The Wrong done to his Fundament,
Began to kick, and fling, and wince.
As if h' had been befide his Senfe,

■}, 844, 845. Be clapp'd them underneath the Tail— Of Steed,
ivith Pricks as (harp as Nail.] This Stratagem was likewife pradif-
ed upon Dofi ^ixote's B.oJinante, and Sancho''s Dapple, fee Vol. 4.
chap. 61. p. 617.) and had like to have prov'd as fatal to all three,
as that mentioned by jElian, made ufe of by the Crotoniates againft
the Sybarites : the latter were a voluptuous People, and carelefs
of all ufeful and reputable Arts, which was at length their Ruin :
for having taught their Horfes to dance to the Pipe, the Crotoni-
ates their Enemies being apprized of it, made War upon them
and brought into the Field of Battle, fuch a number of Pipers, that
when the Sybarites Horfes heard them, they immediately fell a
dancing as they us'd to do at their Entertamments, and by that
means, fo diforder'd the Army, that the Enemies eafily routed
them, a great many of their Horfes alfo ran away with their Rid-
ers, Athenaus fays, into the Enemies Camp, to dance to the found
of the Pipe : [according to Mon/ieur Huefs Treatife of Romances
p. 6.7 the Town of Sybares was abfolutely ruined by the Crotoniates,
500 years before O'vid's time ] vid. Plinii Nat. Hiji. lib. 8. cap.
42. Guidonis Pancirolli Rer. Memorab. par. I. p. 224. Antiquity ex-
plain dhy Montfaucon, vol. 3. part 2. b. 2. ch, 12. p. 173. Barclaii
Argen. lib, I. chap, i 3. See a remarkable Stratagem ufed by the
EngliJIj by which they defeated the Scotch Army. Mr. Heame's, GloJ-
ary to Peter Langtoft''?, Chronicle, p. 567.

f. 845. With Prickles Jharper than a Nail,] 1674.10 1 704. in-

f. 846. And feel Regret on Fundament.] In the two firft Edit,
of 1663.

f. 848. Be^an to kick, ajid fling, and^^ince,] This thought imi-
tated by Mr. Cotton, {Virgil-Tra'veflie book 4. p. 99.)

Even as a Philly ne'uer ridden.
When by the fockie firft beflridden.
If naughty Boys do thruft a Nettle
Under her Dock, to try her Mettle.
Docs rife and plunge, curvet afid kick.
Enough to break the Rider's, Neck.

See Don %w/f vol. 3. chap. 1 1. p. 101, 102,


850 Striving todilengage from Thiftle,

That gaul'd him Torely under his Tail :
Inflead of which, he threw the Pack
Of Squire, and Baggage from his Back -,
And bkind'ring ftiil, v/ith fmarting Rump,

S(^^ He gave the Knight's Steed fiich a Thump
As made him reel. The Knight did ftoop.
And fate on further Side aflope.
This Talgol viewing, who had now
By Slight efcap'd the fatal Blow,

860 He rally' d, and again fell to't :
For catching Foe by nearer Foot,
He lifted wkh fuch might and Strength,
As wou'd have hurl'd him thrice his Length,
And dafh'd his Brains (if any) out;

865 But Mars, that ftill protects the Stout,

■jr. ^^S.Thatf agger d him— ] i6y:\.. to 1700 inclufive.
^.864. Jnd dap' d his Brains [if any) out.'] [See Don ^rxofe,
vol. I. book I. chap. 2. pag. 12.] The Shallownefs of Hudiiras''s
underftanding from the Manner in which our Poet exprefles himfelf,
was probably fuch, to ufe Dr. Baynard's homely expreffion [Hijiory
of Cold Baths, p. 1 6.) " That the ftiort legs of a Loufe might have
" waded his Underftanding, and not have been wet to the knees :
*' or Ben Johnfons [Explorata or Difcoveries—Tp. 97.) *' That one
" might have founded his Wit, and found the Depth of it with
" one's middle Finger : or he was of ^^^/'s Caft, [in the Commit-
*' tee) who complained, " That Colonel Car clefs came forcibly
" upon him, and he fear'd, had bruis'd fome Intelledluals within his
" Stomach."

,^. 865, 866. But Mars, that JiillproteBs the Stout,— In Pudding-
time came to his aid.] I would here obferve the Judgment of the
Poet : Mars is introduced to the Knight's advantage, as Pallas
had been before to his difappointment : It was reafonable that the
God of War Ihould come into his afTiftance, fince a Goddefs had
interefted herfelf on the fide of his Enemies, (agreeably to Homer
and l^irgil) had the Knight diredtly fallen to the ground, he had
been probably difabled from future Aftion ; and confequently the
Battle would too foon have been determin'd : befides we may ob-
ferve a beautiful gradation, to the Honour of the Heroe, he falls up-
X)n the Bear, the Bear breaks loofe, and the Spe(Sators run : So that



In Pudding-time came to his Aid,
And under him the Bear convey'd ;
The Beary upon whofe foft Fur-Gown
The Knight with all his Weight fell down.

870 The friendly Rug preferv'd the Ground,

And headlong Knight^ from Bruife or Wound :
Like Feather-bed betwixt a Wall,
And heavy Brunt of Cannon-ball,
As Sambo on a Blanket fell,

S75 And had no hurt \ our*sIfar'd as well
In Body, though his mighty Spirit,
B'ing heavy, did not fo well bear it.
The Bear was in a greater Fright,
Beat down and worfted by the Knight,

880 He roar'd, and rag'd, and flung about.
To lliake off Bondage from his Snout.
His Wrath inflam'd, boil'd o're, and from
His Jaws of Death he threw the Foam ;
Fury in flranger Poftures threw him,

5^85 And more than ever Herauld drew him :
He tore the Earth, which he had fav'd
From Squelch of Knight^ and ftorm'd and rav*d.

the Knight's Fall is the primary Caufe of this Rout, and he might
juftly, as he afterwards did, afcribe the Honour of the Vidory to
himfelf (Mr. B.)

f. 872, 873. Like Feather-hed hetruoixt a Wall, — Jnd heavy
BrH»t of Canon-ball.'] Alluding probably to old Books of Fortif ca-

f. 874, 875. Js Sancho on a Blanket felU — And had noBurt—"]
Alluding to Sancho"^ being tofs'd in a Blanket ; (at the Inn which
Bon fixate took for a Caftle. See vol. i. chap. 8. p. 161.) by
four Sego'via ( lothiers, two Cordova Point -makers, and two Sevil

f. 885. And more than ever Herauld dreiu him."] 'Tis common
with the Painters of Signs, to draw AnimaJs more furious than they
arc in naLUie.

i, S94.


And vex'd the more, becaufe the Harms
He felt, were 'gainft the Law of Arms :

890 For Men he always took to be

His Friends, and Dogs the Enemy :
Who never fo much Hurt had done him.
As his own Side did faUing on him :
It griev'd him to the Guts, that they

S95 For whom h* had fought fo many a Fray,
And ferv'd withLofs of Blood fo long,
Shou'd offer fuch inhumane Wrong •,
Wrong of unfoldier-like Condition ;
For which he flung down his CommiiTion :

goo And laid about him, till his Nofe

From Thrall of Ring and Cord broke loofe.
Soon as he felt himfelf enlarg'd.
Through thickeftof his Foes he chargM,
And made way through th' amazed Crew,

005 Some he o'reran, and feme o'rethrew.
But took none ; for by hafty Flight
He ftrove t' efcape Purfuit of Knight :
From whom he fled with as much Haftc
And Dread, as he the Rabble chas*d.

f. 894, It grie'd'd him to the Guts, &c.] " Sblud (fays faljiaff
to Prince Henry y Shake/pears Henry the Fourth I ft. part, vol. 3. p.
350.) " I am as melancholy as a gibbM Cat, or a lug'd Bear."

f. 898, 899 Wrong of unfoldier-itke Condition ; — For 'which he
threnu doiun hs CommiJJion.'] A Ridicule on the petulant behaviour
of the Military Men in the Civil Wars ; it being the ufual way
for thofe of either Party, at a diftrefsful Junflure, to come to the
King or Parliament with fome unreafonable demands ; which if
not complied with, they would throw up their CommilTions, and
go over to the oppofite fide : pretending, that they could not in
honour ferve any longer under fuch unfoldier-like Indignities. Thefe
unhappy times afrorded many Inftances of that kind : as Hurry, )
Middleton, Cooper, &C. (Mr. W.)

"jr. 907. He ftrove /' avoid the Conquering K/iight.l In EditW
1674. 1684. 1689, 1694. 1700. 1 704. reilor'd 1 7 1 o, as above.

f' 9iOp


nio In Hafte he fled, and fo did they.
Each and his Fear a fev'ral Way.
Crowdero only kept the Field,
Not ftirring from the Place he held.
Though beaten down and wounded fore,

915 r th' Fiddle, and a Leg that bore
One Side of him, not that of Bone ;
But much it's better, th* wooden one.
He fpying Hudibras lie ftrow'd
Upon the Ground, like Log of Wood,

920 With Fright of Fall, fuppofed Wound,
And Lofs of Urine, in a S wound.
In Hafte he fnatch'd the wooden Limb
That hurting th' Ankle lay by him,

3^. 9 I o, 9 r I . In hajie he fled, and fo did they — Each and his Fear
« Several M^ay,'] Mr. Gayton (in his "Notes upon Don fixate, chajx.
7. p. 114.) makes mention of a counterfeit Cripple, who was
fcar'd with a Bear, that broke loofe from his Keepers, and took
diredlly upon a pafs where the diffembling Beggar ply'd : he fee-
ing the Bear make up to the place, when he could not upon his
Crutches, without apparent Attachment, efcape without the help
of fudden Wit : he cut the Ligaments of his Wooden Supporters,
and having recovered the ufe of his natural Legs, the' he came thi-
ther crippled, he ran away ftraight.

jJ". 918. He fpying Hudibras lie Jlronx)' d .'\

— -Noiu had the Carle {Cknvn)

flighted from his Tiger, and his hands
Difcharg" d of his Boive, and deadly quarle
To /eize upon his Foe, flat lying on the Marie

Spen ce/ s Fairy ^een hook 2. cantO M.S. 32.

21^.921.' cajl in Sivoiind-I In the two firft Editions of

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