1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

William Godwin, in "Of English Style" The Enquirer (1797) 443.



We come now to Swift, respecting whom the great authority of Lowth has pronounced, that "he is one of the most correct, and perhaps the best of our prose writers." No author was ever more applauded by his contemporaries: no author ever produced a greater public effect, than he is supposed to have done, by his Conduct of the Allies, and his Drapier's Letters. For his solicitude about accuracy, he deserves to be considered with respect. For the stern and inflexible integrity of his principles, and the profound sagacity of his speculations, he will be honoured by a distant posterity.