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SAMUEL BUTLER (1)
English wit and poet
(1612 - 1680)
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Each window like a pill'ry appears,
  With heads thrust through nail'd by the ears.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 391)
        [Curiosity]

Quoth Sidrophel, If you suppose,
  Sir Knight, that I am one of those,
    I might suspect, and take th' alarm,
      You bus'ness is but to inform;
        But if it be, 'tis ne'er the near,
          You have a wrong sow by the ear.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 575)
        [Suspicion]

You have a wrong sow by the ear.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 580)
        [Swine]

The Roman senate, when within
  The city walls an owl was seen,
    Did cause their clergy, with lustrations
      . . . .
        The round-fac'd prodigy t' avert,
          From doing town or country hurt.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 709)
        [Owls]

To swallow gudgeons ere they're catch'd.
  And count their chickens ere they're hatch'd.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 923)
        [Folly : Proverbial Phrases]

There's but the twinkling of a star
  Between a man of peace and war.
      - Hudibras (pt. II, canto III, l. 957) [War]

What mad lover ever dy'd,
  To gain a soft and gentle bride?
    Or for a lady tender-hearted,
      In purling streams or hemp departed?
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I) [Love]

'Tis true no lover has that pow'r
  T' enforce a desperate amour,
    As he that has two strings t' his bow,
      And burns for love and money too.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1)
        [Prudence]

What makes all doctrines plain and clear?--
  About two hundred pounds a year.
    And that which was prov'd true before
      Prove false again? Two hundred more.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,277)
        [Doctrine]

'Cause grace and virtue are within
  Prohibited degrees of kin;
    And therefore no true saint allows,
      They shall be suffer'd to espouse.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,293)
        [Matrimony]

Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick
  (Though he gave his name to our Old Nick).
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,313)
        [Devil]

With crosses, relics, crucifixes,
  Beads, pictures, rosaries, and pixes;
    The tools of working out salvation
      By mere mechanic operation.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1,495)
        [Symbols]

Which he by hook or crook has gather'd
  And by his own inventions father'd.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 109)
        [Proverbs]

Cry out upon the stars for doing
  Ill offices, to cross their wooing.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 17) [Stars]

And he that makes his soul his surety,
  I think, does give the best security.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 203) [Soul]

As men of inward light are wont
  To turn their optics in upon't.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 481)
        [Perception]

Still amorous, and fond, and billing,
  Like Philip and Mary, on a shilling.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 687)
        [Money]

For discords make the sweetest airs.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 919)
        [Music]

After he had administer'd a dose
  Of snuff mundungus to his nose;
    And powder'd th' inside of his skull,
      Instead of th' outward jobbernol,
        He shook it with a scornful look
          On th' adversary, and thus he spoke.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 1,005)
        [Tobacco]

Synods are mystical Bear-gardens.
  Where Elders, Deputies, Church-wardens,
    And other Members of the Court,
      Manage the Babylonish sport.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 1095)
        [Religion]

True as the dial to the sun,
  Although it be not shin'd upon.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 175)
        [Sun Dial Mottoes]

But still his tongue ran on, the less
  Of weight it bore, with greater ease.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 443)
        [Talk]

With vollies of eternal babble.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 453)
        [Talk]

For fools are stubborn in their way,
  As coins are harden'd by th' allay;
    And obstinacy's ne'er so stiff
      As when 'tis in a wrong belief.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 481)
        [Belief]

Like men condemned to thunderbolts,
  Who, ere the blow, become mere dolts.
      - Hudibras (pt. III, canto II, l. 565)
        [Insanity]


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