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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: Honour
By Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
 
[From Part I.]

HE that is valiant and dares fight,
Though drubbed, can lose no honour by ’t.
Honour ’s a lease for lives to come,
And cannot be extended 1 from
The legal tenant: ’Tis a chattel        5
Not to be forfeited in battle.
If he that in the field is slain
Be in the bed of honour lain,
He that is beaten may be said
To lie in honour’s truckle-bed.        10
For as we see the eclipsèd sun
By mortals is more gazed upon
Than when, adorned with all his light,
He shines in serene sky most bright,
So valour in a low estate        15
Is most admired and wondered at.
 
Note 1. Taken in execution. [back]
 
 
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