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SAMUEL BUTLER (1)
English wit and poet
(1612 - 1680)
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He could raise scruples dark and nice,
  And after solve 'em in a trice;
    As if Divinity had catch'd
      The itch, on purpose to be scratch'd.
      - ' Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 163)
        [Ability]

For his religion, it was fit
  To match his learning and his wit;
    'Twas Presbyterian true blue;
      For he was of that stubborn crew
        Of errant saints, whom all men grant
          To be the true Church Militant;
            Such as do build their faith upon
              The holy text of pike and gun;
                Decide all controversies by
                  Infallible artillery;
                    And prove their doctrine orthodox,
                      By Apostolic blows and knocks.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 189)
        [Doctrine]

And still be doing, never done.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 204) [Work]

As if Religion were intended
  For nothing else but to be mended.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 205)
        [Religion]

The self-same thing they will abhor
  One way, and long another for.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 219)
        [Abhorrence]

We grant, although he had much wit,
  H' was very shy of using it,
    As being loth to wear it out,
      And therefore bore it not about;
        Unless on holy days or so,
          As men their best apparel do.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 45) [Wit]

For rhyme the rudder is of verses,
  With which, like ships, they steer their courses.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 463) [Poetry]

He ne'er consider'd it as loth
  To look a gift-horse in the mouth,
    And very wisely would lay forth
      No more upon it than 'twas worth;
        But as he got it freely, so
          He spent it frank and freely too:
            For saints themselves will sometimes be,
              Of gifts that cost them nothing, free.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 489) [Gifts]

Besides 'tis known he could speak Greek
  As naturally as pigs squeak;
    That Latin was no more difficile
      That to a blackbird 'tis to whistle.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 51)
        [Linguists]

Deep sighted in intelligence,
  Ideas, atoms, influences.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 533)
        [Knowledge]

And force them, though it was in spite
  Of Nature and their stars, to write.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 647)
        [Authorship]

He was in Logic, a great critic,
  Profoundly skill'd in Analytic;
    He could distinguish, and divide
      A hair 'twixt south and south-west side.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 65)
        [Criticism]

For brevity is very good,
  Where we are, or are not understood.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 669) [Speech]

He'd undertake to prove, by force
  Of argument, a man's no horse.
    He'd prove a buzzard is no fowl,
      And that a Lord may be an owl,
        A calf an Alderman, a goose a Justice,
          And rooks, Committee-men or Trustees.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 71)
        [Argument]

For rhetoric, he could not ope
  His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 81) [Oratory]

Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat;
  Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 821) [Lying]

Smell a rat.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 821)
        [Proverbs]

Shear swine, all cry and no wool.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 852) [Swine]

For now the field is not far off
  Where we must give the world a proof
    Of deeds, not words.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 867) [Deeds]

Success, the mark no mortal wit,
  Or surest hand, can always hit:
    For whatsoe'er we perpetrate,
      We do but row, we're steer'd by Fate,
        Which in success oft disinherits,
          For spurious causes, noblest merits.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 879) [Fate]

A Babylonish dialect
  Which learned pedants much affect.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto I, l. 93)
        [Linguists]

Learn'd he was in medic'nal lore,
  For by his side a pouch he wore,
    Replete with strange hermetic powder
      That wounds nine miles point-blank would solder.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 223)
        [Medicine]

Through perils both of wind and limb,
  Through thick and thin she follow'd him.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 369)
        [Constancy]

The oyster-women lock'd their fish up,
  And trudged away to cry, No Bishop.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 537)
        [Reform]

Videlicit,
  That each man swore to do his best
    To damn and perjure all the rest.
      - Hudibras (pt. I, canto II, l. 630)
        [Resolution]


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