1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

G. G., in "To a Young Lady in Scotland" London Magazine 27 (January 1758) 46.



The powers of humour, wit, and malice join'd
To form one bard, the scourge of human kind.
Sudden as plagues, his mortal shafts are thrown,
And all alike their venom'd fury own;
Not ting'd a single villain to disgrace,
But wound without distinction all our race.

O had his rage not men, but crimes pursu'd,
With milder eyes had he his nature view'd,
O'er delicacy, had not wit prevail'd,
And in gross pun, or grosser jest exhal'd;
Then Swift, in mirth, and satire, might have shown,
Perfection to the world, before unknown.