Wednesday, February 8, 2012


     Do not the hist'ries of all ages
     Relate miraculous presages
     Of strange turns in the world's affairs,
     Foreseen by astrologers, soothsayers,
     Chaldeans, learned genethliacs,
     And some that have writ almanacks?

The text above, from Samuel Butler’s Hudibras, forms the motto to chapter III of Walter Scott’s “Guy Mannering”.  All the factions of the English Civil War appear in “Hudibras”.  English poet Samuel Butler was born on February 8, 1612. 

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