The Works of the Rev Jonathan Swift, D D, Volume 16

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 432 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1808 Excerpt: ... Where thundering out, with lungs longwinded, I chopp'd so fast, that few there minded. My emblem, the laborious sun, Saw all these mighty labours done Before one race of his was run. All this perform'd by Robert Hewit: What mortal else could e'er go through it! EPIGRAM. FROM THE FRENCH. WHO can believe with common sense, A bacon slice gives God offence; Or, how a herring has a charm Almighty vengeance to disarm? Wrapp'd up in Majesty divine, Does he regard on what we dine? A French gentlemaa dining with some company on a fastday, called for some bacon and eggs. The reft were very angry, and reproved him for so heinous a sin: whereupon he wrote the following lines extempore; which are translated above: Peut on croire avec bon sens Qu'un lardon le mit en colere, Ou, que manger un hareng, C'est un secret pour lui plaire? En sa gloire envelope, Songe-t-il bien de nos sonpes? H. TO TO LORD HARLEY, ON HIS MARRIAGE, Oct. 31, 1713. AMONG the numbers who employ Their tongues and pens to give you joy, Dear Harley! generous youth, admit What friendship dictates more than wit. Forgive me, when I fondly thought (By frequent observations taught) A spirit so in form'd as yours Could never prosper in amours. The God of Wit, and Light, and Arts, With all acquir'd and natural parts, Whose harp could savage beasts enchant, Was an unfortunate gallant. Had Bacchus after Daphne reel'd, The nymph had soon been brought to yield: Or, had embroider'd Mars pursued, The nymph would ne'er have been a prude. Ten thousand footsteps, full in view, Mark out the way where Daphne flew: For such is all the sex's flight, They fly from learning, wit, and light: They fly, and none can overtake But some gay coxcomb, or a rake. How then, dear Harley, could I guess That you should meet, in love, s...

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Jonathan Swift is a lecturer at St. Martin's College, Lancaster, and also an honorary research fellow at Lancaster University History Department.

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