1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, "On the Dean's Charitable Scheme" London Daily Post (6 December 1738).



Williams Cunningham, Esq; lately deceased, hath by his last Will and Testament, bequeathed 200 to the Hospital that is to be founded by the Rev. Dr. Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's Dublin, for the Support of Idiots, Lunaticks, and Incurables. Mr. Cunningham hath likewise left 50 to the Poor of St. Paul's Dublin, in which Parish he was born, and 20 to the Poor of the Parish of Slane.

O Genius of Hibernia's State!
Sublimely good, severely great,
Of Wit redudant, fraught with Sense,
Prince of Poetic Eloquence,
How does this latest Act excel,
All you have done and writ so well;
Satyr may be the Child of Spite,
And Fame might bid the Drapier write,
But to relieve and to endow,
Creatures that know not whence or how,
Argues a Soul both good and wise,
Resembling him who rules the Skies:
He to the Thoughtful Mind displays,
Immortal Skill Ten Thousand ways;
And to compleat his glorious Task,
Gives what we have not Sense to ask.