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H U D I B R A S,
IN THREE PARTS,
Written in the Time of
THE LATE WARS:
Corrected and Amended.
AND A PREFACE,
ZACHARY GREY, LL. D.
Adorn'd with a new Set of Cuts.
Mesl. . and P: Knapton, D. Browne, S. Birt, T. Long-
H U D 1 B RA S.
The Knight, with various Doubts'polleft,
' nies Resolution ;
C Α Ν Τ Ο III.
Of being cheated, as to cheat : This whole Canto is design'd to expose Astrologers; FortuneTellers, and Conjurers. In Banter of whom, Dr. James Young, (in his Tract, intitled, Sidrophel Vapulans, &c. 1699. p. 35:) informs us, “ That in 'the Pontificate of some such holy Father as
Gregory the Seventh, a Lover of the Black Art; one of the “ Tribe craved of his Holiness, a Protector, or Patron-Saint for
Aftrologers, like as other Arts had : The good Pontiff willing
to oblige a Faculty he lov'd well; gave him the Choice of all “ in Saint Peter's. The humble Servant of Urania, depending
upon the Direction of good Stars, to a good Angel, went to “ the choice Hoodwinkt, and groping among the Images, the 66 first he laid Hand on was that of the Devil in Combat with s6 Saint Michael; had he chosen with his Eyes open, he could “ not haye met with a better Protector for fo Diabolical an Art."
'Twas a Custom in Alexandria formerly, for Astrologers to pay a certain Tribute, which they callid Fool's-Pence, because it was taken from the Gains which Astrologers made by their own ingenious Folly, and credulous Dotage of their Adinirers. (Turkish Spy, vol. 8. book 4. chap. 10.] See Judicial Affrology, exposed by Cervantes, Don Quixote, Vol. 3. chap. 25.