1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Anonymous, "Ejaculation on Dr. Swift" The Bee, or Weekly Pamphlet 7 (5 October 1734) 246.



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 greater 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!