1757 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, in "The Court of Apollo" The Centinel No. 23 (9 June 1757) 135-36.



But, see that motley phantom next appear;
By turns projector, satyrist and seer—
With him came humour, buxom tho' impure,
Sarcastic wit, and irony demure:
An hieroglyphic veil conceal'd his eyes,
But, the Dean stood disclos'd by the disguise.
"This decent holiday (said he) will drain
St. Luke's, St. Bride's, the Mint and Drury-lane.
Sweet rise the streams when saints like these adore,
The fool, the knave, the beggar, and the whore."
Apollo overheard th' insulting jest,
And from his throne exil'd the cynic priest.