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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Extracts from Hudibras: Argumentative Theology
By Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
[From Part I.]

HE could raise scruples dark and nice,
And after solve ’em in a trice;
As if Divinity had catched
The itch on purpose to be scratched;
Or, like a mountebank, did wound        5
And stab herself with doubts profound,
Only to show with how small pain
The sores of faith are cured again.

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