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Whacum shall justifie't your face,
Huffer! quoth Hudibras, This Sword
Ind Neck, so long, on the State's part Fo, apprehend this Stygian Sophifter;
And tho' you overcame the bear,
Quoth Hudibras, I now perceive
Not true? quoth he; howe'er you vapour,
Quoth Hudibras, I do believe That argument's demonstrative ; Ralpho, bear witness, and go fetch us A constable to seize the wretches : For tho' they're both false knaves and cheats, Impostors, jugglers, counterfeits, I'll make them serve for perpendic'lars, As true as e'er were us’d by bricklayers : 1020 They ’re guilty, by their own confessions, Of felony, and at the sessions, Upon the bench I will so handle 'em, That the vibration of this pendulum Shall make all taylors yards of one Unanimous opinion: A thing he long has vapour’d of, But now shall make it out by proof.
Quoth Sidrophel, I do not doubt To find friends that will bear me out; 1030 Nor have I hazarded my art, And neck, so long on the state's part, To be expos'd i' th' end to suffer By such a braggadocio huffer.
Huffer, quoth Hudibras, this sword Shall down thy false throat cram that word; Ralpho, make haste, and call an officer, To apprehend this stygian sophister ; Mean while I'll hold 'em at a bay, Left he and Whachum run away.
But Sidrophel, who from the aspect