Jonathan Swift Poems
- A Beautiful Young Nymph Going ... Corinna, Pride of ...
- A Maypole Deprived of root, and branch and rind, Yet flowers...
- A Description Of A City Shower Careful Observers may fortel ...
- A Satirical Elegy On The Death...
- A Description Of The Morning Now hardly here and there a ...
- The Place Of The Damned All folks who pretend to religion and...
- Elegy Upon Tiger Her dead lady's joy and comfort, Who ...
Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of... more »
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''I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little, odious vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The king of Brobdingnag to Gulliver, in "A Voyage to Brobdingnag," ch. 6, Gulliver's Travels (1726)....
''Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. The Tale of a Tub, preface (1704).
''The most positive men are the most credulous.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
''Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711).
''We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.''Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. in Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works, eds. Angus Ross and David Woolley (1...
A Beautiful Young Nymph Going To Bed
Corinna, Pride of Drury-Lane,
For whom no Shepherd sighs in vain;
Never did Covent Garden boast
So bright a batter'd, strolling Toast;
No drunken Rake to pick her up,
No Cellar where on Tick to sup;
Returning at the Midnight Hour;
Four Stories climbing to her Bow'r;
Then, seated on a three-legg'd Chair,
Takes off her artificial Hair:
Now, picking out a Crystal Eye,
She wipes it clean, and lays it by.
Her Eye-Brows from a Mouse's Hide,
Stuck on with Art on either Side,
Pulls off with Care, and first displays 'em,
Then in a Play-Book smoothly ...