"Butler, who attributes inspiration to ale "

Frontispiece and titlepage of a 1744 illustrated and annotated edition of Hudibras
Public DomainFrontispiece and titlepage of a 1744 illustrated and annotated edition of Hudibras - Credit: Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler’s poem, Hudibras is directed against religious sectarianism. The poem was very popular in its time. It references many personalities and events of the day. It includes the verse:

Thou that with ale, or viler liquors,

Didst inspire Withers, Pryn, and Vickars,

And force them, though it was in spite

Of nature, and their stars, to write

One of the writers referred to is John Vicars (1580–1652), a schoolmaster and occasional poet, of a very course sort.  Between 1617 and 1641 he produced several grotesque poems, often imitating the titles of contemporary works.