1741 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, "An Epigram on Dr. Swift's Dinners" Publick Register (31 January 1741) 68.



Are the Guests of this House still doom'd to be cheated?
Sure, the Fates have decreed, we by halves should be treated.
In the Days of good John, if you came here to Dine,
You had a store of good Meat, no store of good Wine.
In *Jonathan's Days, if you came here to Eat,
You have choice of good Wine, no choice of good Meat.
O Jove! how might all sides then fully be blest,
Would'st thou but agree to this humble Request:
Put both Deans in one, or, if that's too much Trouble,
Instead of the Deans, make the Deanery double.

* Bishop of Clogher, formerly Dan of St. Patrick.