1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, "To the Revd. Dr. Swift" Gentleman's Magazine 4 (February 1734) 94.



Poet and patriot! hear a nation's praise;
To thee each bard shall consecrate his lays
Yet, high as thy desert, tho' none aspire:
Be it thy glory, that we all admire!
O! late with blessings shall thy name be crown'd;
Thou guardian Genius of thy Country own'd:
Whilst all thy prouder foes (a grov'ling fry,
Thro' guilt ennobled) infamous shall dye:
And all thy meaner, share the dismal lot
To live in scorn, and in oblivion rot!