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

INSTEAD of trumpet and of drum
That makes the warrior’s stomach come,
Whose noise whets valour sharp, like beer
By thunder turned to vinegar;
For if a trumpet sound or drum beat        5
Who has not a month’s mind to combat?
 
 
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