1752 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Nathaniel Weekes, in On the Abuse of Poetry (1752) 12.



For Humour justly SWIFT may claim the Bays,
And he rewarded with eternal Praise;
His Wit is poignant, copious, and severe,
His Language nervous, masterly, and clear:
But who can like his Satire or his Pride?
He bares those Faults which Nature bids to hide:
With gross Ideas he degrades each Thought;
The Want of Decency is his great Fault.