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SAMUEL BUTLER

A REVISED EDITION WITH MEMOIR AND NOTES

BY REGINALD BRIMLEY JOHNSON

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LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK ST., COVENT GARDEN

AND NEW YORK

1893

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The saints engage in fierce contests
About their carnal interests,
To share their sacrilegious preys
According to their rates of Grace:
Their various frenzies to reform,
When Cromwell left them in a storm ;
Till, in th' effigie of Rumps, the rabble
Burns all their Grandees of the Cabal.
UNHE learned write an insect breeze

Is but a mongrel prince of bees,
CAA FI That falls before a storm on cows,
OS And stings the founders of his house,

From whose corrupted flesh that breed
Of vermin did at first proceed.
So, ere the storm of war broke out,
Religion spawn'd a various rout
Of petulant capricious sects,

* This canto is entirely independent of the adventures of ludibras and Ralpho; neither of our heroes make their appearance: other characters are introduced. The Poet skips from the time wherein these adventures happened to Crom. well's death, and from thence to the dissolution of the Rumir Parliament.

VOL. II,

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