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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: Spiritual Trimmers
By Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
 
[From Part II.]

          SOME say the soul ’s secure
Against distress and forfeiture;
Is free from action, and exempt
From execution and contempt;
And to be summoned to appear        5
In the other world ’s illegal here;
And therefore few make any account
Into what encumbrances they run ’t.
For most men carry things so even
Between this world and hell and heaven,        10
Without the least offence to either
They freely deal in all together,
And equally abhor to quit
This world for both, or both for it;
And when they pawn and damn their souls        15
They are but prisoners on paroles.
 
 
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