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Shall here be nameless, mix'd with grains,
Which he dispens'd among the swains,
And busily upon the croud

At random round about bestow'd.
Then mounted on a horned horse,
One bore a gauntlet and gilt spurs,

Ty'd to the pummel of a long sword



He held revers'd, the point turn'd downward :
Next after, on a raw-bon'd steed,

The conqu'ror's standard-bearer rid,
And bore aloft before the champion
A petticoat display'd, and rampant :
Near whom the Amazon triumphant
Bestrid her beast, and on the rump on't
Sat face to tail, and bum to bum,

O' the warrior whilom overcome,
Arm'd with a spindle and a distaff,

Which, as he rode, she made him twist off:
And when he loiter'd, o'er her shoulder
Chastis'd the reformado soldier.

Before the dame, and round about,
March'd whifflers, and staffiers on foot,
With lackies, grooms, valets, and pages,
In fit and proper equipages;

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Of whom, some torches bore, some links,
Before the proud virago-minx,




633. The figure here next described, faces a contrary

That was both madam and a don,
Like Nero's Sporus, or Pope Joan;
And at fit periods the whole rout

Set up their throats with clam'rous shout.


way from the others, and is situate on the opposite margin of the moon, (her same side still uppermost,) made up of her dark shadows; he is drawn, with his attributes, in Fig. 31.

637. The last principal person of the procession is

The knight transported, and the squire, their weapons, and their ire;

Put up

And Hudibras, who us'd to ponder

On such sights with judicious wonder,


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Which Heathen writers often mention:
And he who made it, had read Goodwin,
Or Ross, or Cælius Rodigine,


With all the Grecian Speeds and Stows,

That best describe those ancient shows;
And has observ'd all fit decorums

We find describ'd by old historians:

For as the Roman conqueror,


That put an end to foreign war,
Ent'ring the town in triumph for it,
Bore a slave with him in his chariot;

So this insulting female brave
Carries behind her here a slave:
And as the ancients long ago,

When they in field defy'd the foe,


given in fig. 32, with the Amazon sitting behind him, and with all the appendages of both, as described by the poet, and exhibited in the map of the moon; an inspection of

Hung out their mantles della guerre ;
So her proud standard-bearer here

which will shew the staff-bearers, link-bearers, &c., who close the procession, in minor character.

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Waves on his spear, in dreadful manner
A Tyrian petticoat for banner.
Next links and torches, heretofore
Still borne before the emperor.
And as, in antic triumphs, eggs


Were borne for mystical intrigues;


There's one in truncheon, like a ladle,

That carries eggs too, fresh or addle;
And still at random, as he goes,

Among the rabble-rout bestows.

Quoth Ralpho, You mistake the matter; 695 For all th' antiquity you smatter,

Is but a riding, us'd of course,

When the gray-mare's the better horse ;
When o'er the breeches greedy women

Fight, to extend their vast dominion;

For when men by their wives are cow'd,
Their horns of course are understood.



Quoth Hudibras, Thou still giv'st sentence Impertinently, and against sense.

691. It is scarcely necessary to point out the egg and the ladle, as constituted by one of the principal rays of the star-like explosion of light so often alluded to, and situate near the southern margin of the moon. The thrower of the egg has the same prototype there as constitutes the gauntlet-bearer of fig. 31, ante.

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