1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Catherine Rebecca Manners, in Review of Poetry (1799) 24.



Bright was Swift's meridian pride,
Harley's friend, and Ireland's guide:
Horrid o'er his closing scene
Gloom'd pale frenzy's haggard mien.
Thus like beauty's fragile prime
Stronger wit must yield to time.
Where does fleeting bliss then rest?
Only in religion's breast.—