The first edition of Butler’s “Hudibras” is dated 1663, and it probably had only been published a few days when Pepys bought it and sold it at a loss. He subsequently endeavoured to appreciate the work, but was not successful. The edition in the Pepysian Library is dated 1689.
This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.
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Samuel Butler. (1612–1680)
two of 71 quotables;
Beside, ’t is known he could speak Greek
As naturally as pigs squeak; 
That Latin was no more difficile
Than to a blackbird ’t is to whistle. Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 51.
and then this
For those that fly may fight again,
Which he can never do that ’s slain. 
Hudibras. Part iii. Canto iii. Line 243.
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18th century "Hudibrastic verse" (iambic tetrameter) was at the center of John Barth's satirical novel "The Sot Weed Factor" in the 1960s.
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Said to be a caricature of Sir Samuel Luke, a patron of Samuel Butler. The Grub Street Journal (1731) maintains it was Colonel Rolle, of Devonshire, with whom the poet lodged for some time, and adds that the name is derived from Hugh de Bras, the patron saint of the county. He represents the Presbyterian Party, and his squire the Independants.
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poet FROM Oxford Dictionary of QUOTATIONS; Which one upset our Samuell
He'd run in debt by disputation,
And pay with ratiocination.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 77
For rhetoric he could not ope
His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 81
A Babylonish dialect
Which learned pedants much affect.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 935
He knew what's what, and that's as high
As metaphysic wit can fly.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 149
Such as take lodgings in a head
That's to be let unfurnished.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 159
And still be doing, never done:
As if Religion were intended
For nothing else but to be mended.
Hudibras pt. 1 (1663), canto 1, l. 202
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The edition in the Pepysian Library is:-
Hudibras. The first part. Written in the time of the late wars. Edition Corrected and amended, with several additions and annotations
London: printed for Henry Herringman, [R. Chiswell, T. Sawbridge, R. Bentley, Thomas Horne, and G. Wells] and are to be sold by Tho. Sawbridge at the Three Flower-de-Luces in Little Britain [and Richard Parker],1689.
, 221, , 223-412, , 254 p. ; 8⁰
Anonymous. By Samuel Butler. In verse. In three parts. Parts 2 and 3 (the latter separately listed as Wing B6317A) each have separate title page. Imprint to part 2 reads: London, printed for R. Chiswell, T. Sawbridge, R. Bentley, and G. Wells, 1689"; imprint to part 3 reads "London: printed for Thomas Horne, at the south entrance to the Royal Exchange. MDCLXXXIX. Part 3 has separate pagination and register and may also have been issued separately. There was another issue in the same year, Wing B6320.
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Hudibras: The reaction of the King
Brodrick to Ormond
Written from: [London]
Date: 28 November 1663
Shelfmark: MS. Carte 33, fol(s). 229
..."The King is strangely delighted with this 2nd part of Hudibras, and Sir Paul Neill, whom he [so in MS., but the writer means to say "the author"] hath ridiculously charactered in 'Sydrophel', as strangely ashamed. The author threatens a third part, which I will, if he proceed, bring either in print or in MS.".
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.