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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: ‘New Light’
By Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
[From Part I.]

’TIS a dark lantern of the spirit,
Which none see by but those that bear it;
A light that falls down from on high,
For spiritual trades to cozen by;
An ignis fatuus that bewitches        5
And leads men into pools and ditches,
To make them dip themselves, and sound
For Christendom in dirty pond;
To dive like wildfowl for salvation,
And fish to catch regeneration.        10

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