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TO MR. LEMUEL GULLIVER,
SLAVERY AND BONDAGE IN ENGLAND.
O happy Yahoo, purged from human crimes, By the sweet sojourn in those virtuous climes, Where reign our sires; there, to thy country's shame, Reason, you found, and virtue were the same. Their precepts razed the prejudice of youth, And even a Yahoo learned the love of truth.
Art thou the first who did the coast explore;
You, like the Samian, visit lands unknown,
You went, you saw, you heard: with virtue fought, . Then spread those morals which the Houyhnhnms
With what reluctance do we lawyers bear,
1 Horses, Sep "Gulliver's Travels,"
O would the stars, to ease my bonds, ordain,
LINES ON SWIFT’S ANCESTORS.
Swift set up a plain monument to his grandfather, and also presented a cup to the church of Goodrich, or Gotheridge, in Here. fordshire. He sent a pencilled elevation of the monument (a simple tablet) to Mrs. Howard, who returned it with the following lines, inscribed on the drawing by Pope. The paper is endorsed, in Swift's hand: “Model of a monument for my grandfather, with Pope's roguery."-Scott's “Lives of Eminent Dramatists and Novelists" (Swift, p. 2, Chandos Classics).
ON CERTAIN LADIES.
INSCRIPTION ON A GROTTO, THE WORK
OF NINE LADIES.
EPIGRAM ON EPITAPHS.
OCCASIONED BY AN INVITATION TO COURT (BY THE MAIDS OF
HONOUR). In the lines that you sent are the Muses and Graces, You've the nine in your wit, and the three in your
ENGRAVED ON THE COLLAR OF A DOG WHICH I GAVE TO HIS
ROYAL HIGHNESS, 3
I am his Highness' dog at Kew;
Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you? i The Miss Lisles, sisters of Dr. Lisle, who wrote fugitive poetry.
2 The person here meant was Dr. Robert Freind, head-master of Westminster School.
3 This was said to have been the answer of Mr. Grantham's Fool to one who asked him whose fool he was. Warton,
TO SIR GODFREY KNELLER.
When Kneller painted these?
TO A LADY WITH “THE TEMPLE OF
WRITTEN ON A GLASS WITH LORD CHESTERFIELD'S? DIAMOND
ACCEPT a miracle instead of wit;
THE BALANCE OF EUROPE.
1 Martha Blount (from letter to her).
2 Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, was one of the greatest wits of his day. He was born in 1694, died 1773. He was in the opposition against Sir Robert Walpole. His manners were considered perfect.
(From the Miscellany.)
[From the Letters.]
Is this a birthday ?—'Tis alas ! too clear
BEHOLD, ambitious of the British bays, Cibber and Duck’ contend in rival lays. But, gentle Colley, should thy verse prevail, Thou hast no fence, alas! against his flail: Therefore thy claim resign, allow his right: For Duck can thresh, you know, as well as write. 1 Hough, Bishop of Worcester, was born 1651, died 1743. He was elected President of Magdalen College, Oxford, in opposition to the king's (James II.) order that Dr. Farmer, and afterwards Bishop Parker, should be chosen, The fellows were consequently all expelled but two. When the king's affairs became desperate, the fellows and Hongh were restored, 1688. In 1690 he was made Bishop of Oxford, from thenice translated to Litchfield, and died Bishop of Worcester. He was tamed for his piety and munificence.
2 Stephen Duck was a thresher poet, who was patronised by Queen Caroline.