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that of his Miftrefs. This Poem was defigned by the Author to be an Imitation of the English Drama; it being re divided into five Books, as the other is into five Acts; the the Canto's to be parallel of the Scenes, with this Diffe

rence, that this is delivered Narratively, the other DiaM loguewife. It was ushered into the World by a large

Preface written by Mr. Hobbes, and by the Pens of two to of our beft Poets, viz. Mr. Waller and Mr. Cowley, which,

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one would have thought, might have proved a fufficient W Defence and Protection against fnarling Criticks. Notwithstanding which, four eminent Wits of that Age (two of which were Sir John Denham and Mr. Donne) published to feveral Copies of Verfes to Sir William's Difcredit, under this Title, Certain Verfes written by feveral of the Author's Friends, to be reprinted with the fecond Edition of Gundibert, u in 8vo. Lond. 1653. These Verfes were as wittily anis fwered by the Author, under this Title, The Incomparable Poem of Gundibert vindicated from the Wit Combat of four Efquires, Clinias, Damotas, Sancho, and Jack-Pudding; printed in 8vo. Lond. 1665. Vid. Langbain's Account of Dramatick Poets.

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496 What OEftrum, &c.] OEftrum is not only a Greek Word for Madness, but fignifies alfo a Gad-Bee or Horfe-Fly, that torments Cattle in the Summer, and makes them run about as they were mad.

525 k Wore in their Hats, &c.] Some few Days after the King had accufed the five Members of Treason in the Houfe of Commons, great Crowds of the Rabble came down to Westminster-Hall, with printed Copies of the Proteftation, tied in their Hats like Favours.

526 When 'twas refolv'd by either House

Six Members Quarrel to efpoufe.

The fix Members were the Lord Kimbolton, Mr. Pym, Mr. Hollis, Mr. Hampden, Sir Arthur Haflerig, and Mr. Stroud, whom the King ordered to be apprehended, and their Papers seized; charging them of Plotting with the

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Scots, and favouring the late Tumults; but the House voted against the Arreft of their Perfons or Papers; whereupon the King having preferred Articles against thofe Members, he went with his Guard to the House to demand them; but they, having Notice, withdrew. 578 m Make that, &c.] Abufive or Infulting had been better, but our Knight believed the learned Language more convenient to understand in, than his own MotherTongue.

650 And is indeed the felf-fame Cafe

With theirs that swore t' Et cætera's.

The Convocation, in one of the fhort Parliaments, that ushered in the long one (as Dwarfs are wont to do Knight-Errants) made an Oath to be taken by the Clergy, for obferving Canonical Obedience; in which they enjoined their Brethren, out of the Abundance of their Confciences, to fwear to Articles with &c.

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652 Or the French League, in which Men vow'd To fight to the laft Drop of Blood.

The holy League in France, defigned and made for the Extirpation of the Proteftant Religion, was the Original, out of which the Solemn League and Covenant here was (with Difference only of Circumftances) most faithfully transcribed. Nor did the Succefs of both differ more than the Intent and Purpose; for after the Deftruction of vaft Numbers of People of all Sorts, both ended with the Murder of two Kings, whom they had both fworn to defend: And as our Covenanters fwore every Man, to run one before another in the Way of Reformation; fo did the French in the holy League, to fight to the laft Drop of Blood.

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that of his Miftrefs. This Poem was defigned by the Author to be an Imitation of the English Drama; it being rea divided into five Books, as the other is into five A&ts; the the Canto's to be parallel of the Scenes, with this Diffe

rence, that this is delivered Narratively, the other DiaM loguewife. It was ushered into the World by a large

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Preface written by Mr. Hobbes, and by the Pens of two to of our beft Poets, viz. Mr. Waller and Mr. Cowley, which,

one would have thought, might have proved a fufficient wa Defence and Protection against fnarling Criticks. Notin withstanding which, four eminent Wits of that Age (two M of which were Sir John Denham and Mr. Donne) published

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feveral Copies of Verses to Sir William's Difcredit, under this Title, Certain Verses written by several of the Author's ca Friends, to be reprinted with the fecond Edition of Gundibert, up in 8vo. Lond. 1653. Thefe Verfes were as wittily anis, fwered by the Author, under this Title, The Incomparable of Poem of Gundibert vindicated from the Wit Combat of four ot Efquires, Clinias, Damotas, Sancho, and Jack-Pudding; printed in 8vo. Lond. 1665. Vid. Langbain's Account of in Dramatick Poets.

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496 What OEftrum, &c.] OEftrum is not only a Greek Word for Madness, but fignifies alfo a Gad-Bee or Horfe-Fly, that torments Cattle in the Summer, and makes them run about as they were mad.

525 * Wore in their Hats, &c.] Some few Days after the King had accufed the five Members of Treason in the th Houfe of Commons, great Crowds of the Rabble came down to Westminster-Hall, with printed Copies of the Proteftation, tied in their Hats like Favours.

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526 When 'twas refolv'd by either House

Six Members Quarrel to efpoufe.

The fix Members were the Lord Kimbolton, Mr. Pym, f Mr. Hollis, Mr. Hampden, Sir Arthur Haflerig, and Mr. Stroud, whom the King ordered to be apprehended, and e their Papers feized; charging them of Plotting with the

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Scots, and favouring the late Tumults; but the House voted against the Arreft of their Perfons or Papers; whereupon the King having preferred Articles against thofe Members, he went with his Guard to the House to demand them; but they, having Notice, withdrew.

578 Make that, &c.] Abufive or Infulting had been better, but our Knight believed the learned Language more convenient to understand in, than his own MotherTongue.

650 And is indeed the felf-fame Cafe

With theirs that swore t' Et cætera's.

The Convocation, in one of the fhort Parliaments, that ushered in the long one (as Dwarfs are wont to do Knight-Errants) made an Oath to be taken by the Clergy, for obferving Canonical Obedience; in which they enjoined their Brethren, out of the Abundance of their Confciences, to fwear to Articles with &c.

652° Or the French League, in which Men vow'd To fight to the laft Drop of Blood.

The holy League in France, defigned and made for the Extirpation of the Proteftant Religion, was the Original, out of which the Solemn League and Covenant here was (with Difference only of Circumftances) most faithfully tranfcribed. Nor did the Succefs of both differ more than the Intent and Purpose; for after the Deftruction of vaft Numbers of People of all Sorts, both ended with the Murder of two Kings, whom they had both fworn to defend: And as our Covenanters fwore every Man, to run one before another in the Way of Reformation; fo did the French in the holy League, to fight to the last Drop of Blood.

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that of his Miftrefs. This Poem was defigned by the Author to be an Imitation of the English Drama; it being rea divided into five Books, as the other is into five A&ts; the the Canto's to be parallel of the Scenes, with this Diffe

rence, that this is delivered Narratively, the other DiaM loguewife. It was ushered into the World by a large

Preface written by Mr. Hobbes, and by the Pens of two to of our beft Poets, viz. Mr. Waller and Mr. Cowley, which,

one would have thought, might have proved a fufficient wa Defence and Protection against fnarling Criticks. Notin withstanding which, four eminent Wits of that Age (two M of which were Sir John Denham and Mr. Donne) published to feveral Copies of Verfes to Sir William's Difcredit, under

this Title, Certain Verfes written by feveral of the Author's ca Friends, to be reprinted with the fecond Edition of Gundibert, up in 8vo. Lond. 1653. These Verfes were as wittily anis, fwered by the Author, under this Title, The Incomparable of Poem of Gundibert vindicated from the Wit Combat of four ot Efquires, Clinias, Damotas, Sancho, and Jack-Pudding; by printed in 8vo. Lond. 1665. Vid. Langbain's Account of in Dramatick Poets.

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496 i What OEftrum, &c.] OEftrum is not only a Greek Word for Madness, but fignifies alfo a Gad-Bee or g Horfe-Fly, that torments Cattle in the Summer, and makes them run about as they were mad.

525 * Wore in their Hats, &c.] Some few Days after the King had accufed the five Members of Treason in the th Houfe of Commons, great Crowds of the Rabble came al down to Westminster-Hall, with printed Copies of the Proteftation, tied in their Hats like Favours.

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The fix Members were the Lord Kimbolton, Mr. Pym, f Mr. Hollis, Mr. Hampden, Sir Arthur Haflerig, and Mr. Stroud, whom the King ordered to be apprehended, and e their Papers feized; charging them of Plotting with the

Scots,

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