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leviathan1, for all his strength,
by an Indian’s wit subdued2at length.
3Who can but such a monstrous bulk deride,
suffers3one upon his neck to ride,
6Whence seas and
shoals6of fishes ever flows?
he though he7bounce, or flounce, or beat
8Against the rocks, yet still he keeps his seat
of’s8teeth, he rides him to the shores
10Where, filled with horror,
he triumphant lights11; thus ends his toil,
unctuous collops12out to boil.
13By this you see that wit doth oft subdue
14The greatest strength;
this elephants find true13;
15And so the youths of Thessaly did tame
The warlike horse14; so bulls they overcame,
Whence called Centaurus15; so, against their wills,
Four thousand whales are forced to draw in mills.16
19Then though thy strength and courage do transcend,
20Be not too proud, nor on them both depend;
21Do not thy despicablest foe despise,
one18you see did rise,
23Which did the fierce and monstrous
The jade was resty and did riding lack;20
25Now the tame beast both whip and spur abides;
Needs must they gallop whom the devil drives.21
he did possess the herd of swine22,
28They straight ran headlong into
29Then let the
giddy monster24warning take,
precipitate25into that lake
Where sulfur mixed with never-quenchéd fire26,
32Where they still die, yet never quite expire.
33Then take my counsel and the
34Lest he and you into perdition go.