Poet and satirist; born at Strensham in Worcestershire and educated at the King's School, Worcester. He then went to work as a secretary to Thomas Jefferey at Earl's Croom, near to Upton-upon-Severn. He took up painting and there are two portraits attributed to him in the nearby rectory.
Charles II is known to have had a high opinion of Butler's great religious satire Hudibras (1663-1678) and awarded him an annual pension of £100, although the writer still died in poverty.
Butler began Hudibras while lodging in Holborn around 1658. In 1661 he is recorded as being at Ludlow Castle as steward to Richard Vaughan, Earl of Carberry. During the Civil War the castle had been... more »
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- The Metaphysical Sectarian
- Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto I
- Sonnets On Miss Savage
- Puritans - (from Hudibras)
- Hudibras - The Lady's Answer to The Knig...
- Hudibras, Part I (excerpts)
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- Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto II
- Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I
- Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto II
- Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto I
- Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto III
- Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto III
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When civil fury first grew high,Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. Hudibras (l. 1-6). OxBoLi. Everyman's Book of English Verse. John Wain, ed. (1981) J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd....
And men fell out, they knew not why;
When hard words, jealousies, and fears,
Set folks together by the ears,
And made them fight, like mad ...
''God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor.''Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 295, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
''A skilful leech is better farSamuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. eds. John Wilders and Hugh de Quehen (1973). Hudibras, pt. 1, cto. 2, l. 245 (1663).
Than half a hundred men of war.''
''The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.''Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 125, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
''Love is a boy, by poets styled,Samuel Butler (1612-1680), British poet. eds. John Wilders and Hugh de Quehen (1973). Hudibras, pt. 2, cto. 1, l. 843 (1664).
Then spare the rod and spoil the child.''
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