1745 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

C. B—r, "On Dr. Swift's Death" Gentleman's Magazine 15 (December 1745) 661.



'Tis done! nor Fate itself can do more,
I scarcely credited the rumour.
Poor Swift! the Muses' fav'rite son,
Genius of verse and wit, it gone.
Gay long has prov'd, "that life's a jest,"
And Pope enjoys untroubled rest.
Tyrant, enough! 'tis vain to wage
Unequal war, to show thy rage.
Satire, and sense, and verse are flown
To Young, and there thy pow'r disown;
There they thy baffled fears despise,
For Young the dread of death defies.