1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, "Drapiers Hill" Fog's Weekly Journal (30 August 1729).



We give the World to understand,
Our thriving Dean has purchased Land,
A Purchase which will bring him clear,
Above his Rent, four Pound a Year;
Provided to improve the Ground,
He will but add two hundred Pound;
And from his endless hoarded Store,
To build a House five hundred more.
Sir Arthur too, shall have his Will,
And call the Mansion Drapiers Hill,
That when a Nation long en—d,
Forgets by whom it once was saved;
When none the Drapiers Praise shall sing,
His Signs aloft no longer swing,
His Medals and his Prints forgotten,
And all his Handkerchiefs are rotten;
His famous Letters made waste Paper,
This Hill may keep the Name of Drapiere,
In spight of Envy flourish still,
And Drapiers vye with Coopers Hill.