Hudibras, Samuel Butler
1. Our brethren of New England use
2. Choice malefactors to excuse,
3. And hang the guiltless in their stead,
4. Of whom the churches have less need;
5. As late it happened in a town
6. Where lived a cobbler, and but one,
7. That out of doctrine could cut use,
8. And mend men's lives as well as shoes.
9. This precious brother having slain
10. In times of peace an Indian,
11. Not out of malice, but mere zeal,
12. Because he was an infidel;
13. The mighty Tottipotimoy
14. Complaining loudly of the breach
15. Of league held forth by brother Patch,
16. Against the articles in force
17. Between both churches, his and ours;
18. For which he craved the saints to render
19. Into his hands, or hang the offender.
20. But they maturely having weighed
21. They had no more but him of the trade,
22. A man that served them in the double
23. Capacity to spare him; yet to do
24. The Indian Hogan Mogan too
25. Impartial justice, in his stead did
26. Hang an old weaver that was bedrid.
What is communicated in lines 6-8 about why the cobbler was valued by the Puritans?