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As Lookers-on feel most Delight,

That least perceive a Jugler's Slight; 5 And still the less they understand, The more th' admire his Slight of Hand.

Some with a Noise, and greasy Light, Are snapt, as Men catch Larks by Night,

Ensnar'd and hamper’d by the Soul, 10 As Nooses by the Legs catch Fowl.

Some with a Med’cine, and Receipt,
Are drawn to nibble at the Bait ;
And tho' it be a two-foot Trout,

'Tis with a single Hair pullid out.
15 Others believe no Voice t' an Organ

So sweet as Lawyer's in his Bar-gown ;
Until with subtle Cobweb-cheats,
Th' are catch'd in knotted Law, like Nets :

In which, when once they are imbrangled, 20 The more they stir, the more they're tangled;

X. 3, 4. As Lookers-on feel moft Delight,—That least perceive a Jugler's Slight.] See the Art of Jugling exposed. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft, book 13. chap. 22 to 34 inclusive.

Ý. 8. Are snapt, as Men catch Larks by Night.] By the Low-Bell. See Baily's Dictionary.

8.25. Apply to Wizards, &c.] Run after, in the Editions of 1664.

3:27. And as those Vultures de forbode.) Alluding to the Opinion, that Vultures repair beforehand, to the Place where Battles will be fought. Of this Opinion Pliny seems to be. Nat. Hiß. lib. 10. cap. 6. See a Confutation of it, Notes upon Creech's Lucretius 1714. vol. 1. p. 366. These Birds of Prey have sometimes de vour'd one another. Vide Chronic. Chronicor. Politic. lib. 2. p. 115.

*.29, 30. A Flam more senseless than the Roguery-Of old Aru picy and Aug 'ry.) See Dr. Kennet's Roman Antiquities, part 2. chap. 3 and 4. Chronic. Chronicor. Ecclefiaftic. lib. 2. p. 406. See Judicial Astro logy expos'd, Sir John Mandevile's Voyage and Travels, Edit. 1727

And while their Purses can dispute,
There's no End of th’immortal Suit:

Others still gape t anticipate
The Cabinet-Designs of Fate,
25 Apply to Wizards, to fore-see

What shall, and what shall never be.
And as those Vultures do forbode;
Believe Events prove bad or good.

A Flam more senseless than the Roguery
30 Of old Aruspicy and Aug’ry,

That out of Garbages of Cattle
Presag'd th' Events of Truce, or Battle ;
From Flight of Birds, or Chickens pecking,

Success of great'st Attempts would reckon : 35 Though Cheats, yet more intelligible,

Than those that with the Stars do fribble.
This Hudibras by Proof found true,

As in due Time and Place we'll shew :
p. 199, 200. In the Play, intitled, Two Noble Kin/men, by Fletcher
and Shakespear, Act 1. Edit. 1634. p. 2. from the beit Autho-
rities both ancient and modern, by Dr. James Young: Sidrophel
Vapulans, or Quack. Aftrologer

, tossd in a Blanket, from p. 20 to 52 inclusive. Spectator No 105. And Augury expos’d, Scot’s Discovery of Witchcraft, chap. 1. 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20.

8.33, 34. From Flight of Birds, and Chickens pecking,-Success of great | Attempts would reckon.] See the Opinions of the Romans in this Cafe, Dr. Kennet's Roman Antiquities, part 2. chap. 3. and the Folly of such as were of this Opinion expos'd. Ben Johnson's Masque of Augurs, vol. 1. p. 88. Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft, book it. p. 193, &c. Spectator No 7.

*. 35, 36. Yet more intelligible. --Than those that with the Stars do fribble.] Gafsendus (see his Vanity of Judiciary Affrology, p. 106.) calls the whole Art of Astrology a mysterious Nothing; a Fiction more vain, than Vanity itself.

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For he with Beard and Face made clean, 40 Being mounted on his Steed agen ;

(And Ralpho got a Cock-Horse too
Upon his Beast, with much ado)
Advanc'd on for the Widow's House,

T'acquit himself, and pay his Vows ;
45 When various Thoughts began to bustle,

And with his inward Man to justle,
He thought what Danger might accrue,
If she should find he swore untrue :

Or if his Squire, or he should fail,
50 And not be punctual in their Tale;
It might at once the Ruin prove
Both of his Honour, Faith, and Love.
But if he should forbear to go,

She might conclude h' had broke his Vow ; 55 And that he durft not now for Shame

Appear in Court, to try his Claim.
This was the Pen’worth of his Thought,
To pass Time, and uneasy Trot.

Quoth he, in all my past Adventures, 60 I ne'er was fet so on the Tenters;

*4.45, 46. When various Thoughts began to bufale,- And with bis inward Man to juftle.] New Scruples began to spring up in the Knight's Brain : It is correspondent with his Character to be perpetually troubled with Cases of Conscience, and accordingly the Poet has drawn him so from the Beginning to the End of the Poem. (Mr. B.)

¥. 57. This was the Pen'worth of his Thought.] The Sum, or Whole of it.

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Or taken tardy with Dilemma,
That ev'ry Way I turn, does hem me;
And with inextricable Doubt,

Besets my puzzled Wits about :
65 For tho' the Dame has been my Bail,

To free me from enchanted Jail:
Yet as a Dog, committed close
For some Offence, by chance breaks loose,

And quits his Clog ; but all in vain, 70 He fill draws after him his Chain :

So though my Ankle she has quitted,
My Heart continues still committed ;.
And like a baild and main-priz'd Lover,

Altho’ at large, I am bound over. 75 And when I shall appear

in Court,
To plead my Cause, and answer for't,
Unless the Judge do partial prove,
What will become of Me and Love?

For if in our Account we vary, 80 Or but in Circumstance miscarry;

Or if she put me to strict Proof, · And make me pull my Doublet off,

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Ý. 61. Or taken tardy with Dilemma.) An Argument in Logic, consisting of two or more Propositions, so disposed, that deny which you wili of them, you will be press’d ; and grant which

you

will of them, the Conclusion will involve you in Difficulties, not easy to be got over.

Ý. 73. And like a baild and main-priz'd Lover.] Alluding to his being freed from the Stocks by his Mistress. See Bail and Mainprize, Jacob's Law-Dictionary.

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Fate;

To fhew, by evident Record,

Writ on my Skin, I've kept my Word, 85 How can I e'er expect to have her;

Having demurr’d unto her Favour?:
But Faith, and Love, and Honour lost,
Shall be reduc'd t a Knight o'th' Poft?

Beside, that stripping may prevent 90 What I'm to prove by Argument ;

And justify I have a Tail,
And that Way too, my Proof may fail,
Oh! that I cou'd enucleate,
And solve the Problems of

my ỳ. 88.

-Knight o’th Pojj One who fór Éire will swear before a Magistrate, or in a Court of Judicature, what. soever you would have him. See Baily's Dictionary, folio edit.

♡.95. Or find by Necromantick Art.] Necromancy was an Art or Act of Communicating with Devils, and doing surprizing Feats by their Affistance: and particularly by calling up the Dead. See a remarkable Instance in the famed Romance of Heliodorus Bishop of Tricca, Æthiopicor. lib. 6. p. 300, &c. edit. Lugduni 1611.

*.96. How far the Deft' nies take my Part.] Of all the Scruples and Qualms of Conscience that have hitherto perplex'd our Knight, it must be confess'd, that these with which he is now assaulted are the most rational, and best grounded : His Fears are just, and his Arguments unanswerable ; and the Dilemma with which he is incumber'd, makes him naturally wish, that all his Doubts were remov'd by a Progno{tication of his future Fortune. Ralpho un derstanding the Knight's Mind, takes this Opportunity to mențion Sidiophel, who from this Occasion is happily introduced into the Poem. (Mr. B.) N. 103, 104

-Yet tis profane, And finful when Men fwear in vain.] These wretched Hypocrites, tho' Perjury was with them a venial Sin, when it servd their Purpose, as appears froin the foregoing Canto; and indeed from all the impartial Historians of those Times. Yet to carry an outward Face of Religion, they were very punctual in the Punishment of profane and commoiz Szvearing : And according to Sir Robert Howard [Committee, &c. act, 2. sç, 1. p. 53.] were more severe in the Punishment of

Swearing,

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