1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

John Winstanley, "On Saint Andrew's Day, and the Dean's Birth-Day" Winstanley, Poems written Occasionally (1742) 67.



All hail propitious Day! whose sacred Beams
Shed Bliss on diff'rent Realms, by various Streams.
Scotia, through Death, her Life and Pow'r maintains;
And Life, this Day, HIBERNIA frees from Chains.
The martyr'd Saint, with Looks of pitying Grace,
Discerns his Charge, while Pray'rs supply his Place;
The Saint on Earth, to Vows joins active Zeal,
And Blessings wish'd, his Hands are taught to deal.
Let Scotia Bliss expect from ANDREW'S shrine,
Our Hopes of Life, O SWIFT! are wrapt in thine.