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But howsoe'er they make a pother,
tain of Hudibras's being mounted on horseback like a knight (as he is copied from the moon in fig. 3),
there are allusions to the wandering motions
As white-pot, buttermilk, and curds,
We farther shall dilate upon,
When of his hose we come to treat,
The cupboard where he kept his meat.
And though not sword, yet cudgel-proof; ·
Who fear'd no blows but such as bruise.
His breeches were of rugged woollen,
And had been at the siege of Bullen;
And fat black-puddings, proper food
For warriors that delight in blood.
For, as we said, he always chose
To carry vittle in his hose,
That often tempted rats and mice
The ammunition to surprise :
299. This line is referable to the comparative whiteness or lightness of some parts of Hudibras's prominent belly; and the 306th to the marks or wheals thereon (which constitute that whiteness), as if made by the blows of a cudgel; the resemblance of a cudgel being visible in the moon, in front of his person there.
And when he put a hand but in
They stoutly in defence on't stood,
And from the wounded foe drew blood;
And till th' were storm'd and beaten out, 325
Ne'er left the fortify'd redoubt.
And though knights errant, as some think,
Of old did neither eat nor drink,
-But let that pass at present, lest
319. The likeness of a rat and a mouse, as given in Fig. 4.
may be seen in the moon (in pale light), near the arm of Hudibras.
354. It may now be necessary to state, that the com
In it he melted lead for bullets,
To shoot at foes and sometimes pullets;
To whom he bore so fell a grutch,
He ne'er gave quarter t' any such.
Of some body to hew and hack.
mon principle which I find adopted by all the ancient writers, (namely, that of conceiving the same thing to represent many different things, according to the resemblances to different objects which fancy may ascribe to it) is the governing principle also throughout this Poem. The basket-hilt of the Knight's sword, for instance, represented in Fig. 5.