The Works of Dr. Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin ...

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W. Bowyer, C. Bathurst, W. Owen, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, J. Hinton, L. Davis, and C. Reymers, R. Baldwin, J. Dodsley, S. Crowder and Company and B. Collins., 1768

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Page 459 - as I and others were taking with him an evening walk, about, a mile out of Dublin, he stopped short; we passed on; but perceiving he did not follow us, I went back and found him fixed as a statue, and earnestly gazing upward at a noble elm, which in its uppermost branches was much withered and decayed. Pointing at it, he said, ' I shall be like that tree, I shall die at top.
Page 289 - I should be exceedingly sorry to find the Legislature make any new laws against the practice of duelling ; because the methods are easy and many, for a wise man to avoid a quarrel with honour, or engage in it with innocence. And I can discover no political evil in suffering bullies, sharpers, and rakes to rid the world of each other by a method of their own, where the law hath not been able to find an expedient.
Page 387 - CURATE'S COMPLAINT OF HARD DUTY. I MARCH'D three miles through scorching sand, With zeal in heart, and notes in hand : I rode four more to Great St Mary, Using four legs, when two were weary : To three fair virgins I did tie men, In the close bands of pleasing Hymen : I dipp'd two babes in holy water, And purify'd their mother after. Within an hour and eke a half, I preach'd three congregations deaf ; Where thundering out, with lungs long-winded, I chopp'd so fast, that few there minded.
Page 388 - tis a shame For a parson, who should know better things, to come out with such a name. Knave in your teeth, Mr. Sheridan ! 'tis both a shame and a sin ; And the dean my master is an honester man than you and all your kin :He has more goodness in his little finger than you have in your whole body : My master is a parsonable man, and not a spindleshank'd hoddy doddy.
Page 292 - There is a pedantry in manners, as in all arts and sciences; and sometimes in trades. Pedantry is properly the over-rating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to.
Page 387 - And purified their mother after. Within an hour and eke a half, I preach'd three congregations deaf; Where, thundering out, with lungs long-winded, 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!
Page 372 - When Solon and Lycurgus taught To moralize the human thought Of mad opinion's maze, To erring zeal they gave new laws, Thy charms, O Liberty, the cause That blends congenial rays.
Page 236 - I profess, without any other design than that of entertaining myself when I am very idle, or when something goes amiss in my affairs.
Page 282 - A friend of mine drew up a project of this kind during the late ministry, which would then have been put in execution, had it not been too busy a time for thoughts of that nature. As this project has been very much talked of by the gentleman abovementioned to men of the greatest genius as well as quality, I am informed there is now a design on foot for executing the...
Page 458 - Few could so have written; true, and Fewer would. If it required great abilities to commit the fault, greater still would have saved him from it. But whence arise such warm advocates for such a performance? From hence, viz. before a character is established, merit makes fame; afterwards fame makes merit. Swift is not commended for this piece, but this piece for Swift. He has given us some beauties which deserve all our praise; and our comfort is, that his faults will not become common; for none can...

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