1755 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Robert Lloyd, in "To — about to Publish a Volume of Miscellanies" 1755; Works (1774) 1:105.



Others have sought the filthy stews
To sing a dirty slip-shod Muse.
Their groping genius, while it rakes
The bogs, the common-sew'rs, and jakes,
Ordure and filth in rhyme exposes,
Disgustful to our eyes and noses;
With many a dash — that must offend us,
And much ———*———*———*———
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———*———*——— Hiatus non deflendus.
O Swift! how wouldst thou blush to see,
Such are the bards who copy Thee?