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A long-ear'd beast, and the drink you love best, 35 You call him a sloven in earneit or jeft.
A long-ear'd beast, and the sixteenth letter, I'd not look at all, unless I look'd better.
A long-ear'd beast give me, and eggs unsound, Or else I will not ride one inch of ground. 40
A long-ear'd beast, another name for jeer, .! To ladies skins there's nothing comes so near.
A long.ear'd beast, and kind nose of a cat, Is useful in journeys, take notice of that.
A long-ear'd beast, and what seasons your beef, 45 On such an occasion the law gives relief.
A long-ear'd beaft, a thing that force mult drive in, Bears up his house, that's of his own contriving.
Tom's metamorphosis into a Poetand SPANIEL. TOM
OM was a little merry grig,
Fiddled and danc'd to his own jig ;
15 Is without spirit, salt, or taste. But since it past, Tom thought it wit ; And therefore writ, and writ, and writ.
He writ the wonder of all wonders, He writ the blunder of all blunders :
He writ a merry farce for poppet,
• The sign of a wooden man in Élex-ftreet, Dublin.
* Mrs PILKINGTON to Dr SWIFT, on
In admiration wrapt, behold!..
15: The virtues of unnumber'd years ; Behold in him, with new delight, The patriot, bard, and fage unite ; And know, Ierne in that name Shall rival Greece and Rome in fame.
Mimis, tres I ne ver re quire ;
An EPIGRAM on Dic.
IC, heris agro at, an da quarto finale,
The Life and genuine Character of the Re
verend Dr SWIFT, D. S.P. D.
Written by himself.
ADVERTISE M E N T. The verses on the death of Dr Swift, written by himself, being very much inquired after by his friends, many of whom pretended to have genuine copies, altho' he never suffered any of them to take one; the following was published with breaks, dashes, and triplets, (which the author never made use of,) to disguise his manner of writing ; by which, however, they were deceived, altho' the genuine one was not published until the year 1739 : but, in order to oblige the reader, we publish the following, (altho' he would not own it); which, the best judges allow, hath many fine strokes of wit, and humour f.
To the READER. This poetical account of the life and chara&ter of the Reverend Dr Swift, fo celebrated thro' the world for his many ingenious writings, was occasioned by a maxim of Rochefoucault; and is now publifhed from the author's last correct copy, being dedicatod by the publisher to Alexander Pope of Twickenhani, Esq;
TO ALEXANDER Pope, Esq;
Of Twickenham, in the county of Middlesex,
S you have been long an intimate friend of the author
be displeased with being informed of some particulars, how he came to write it, and how I, very indocently, procured a copy.
It seems the Dean, in conversation with some friends, faid, he could guess the discourse of the world concerning his chara&ter after his death; and thought it might be no improper subject for a poem. This happened above a year before he finished it; for it was written by small pieces, just as leisure or humour allowed him.
See the Verses on Dr Swift's death, in vol. 6. p. 233.
He shewed some parts of it to several friends, and when it was completed, he seldom refused the fight of it to any vifiter : fo that probably it hath been perused by fifty persons; which, being against his usual practice, many people judged, likely enough; that he had a defire to make the people of Dublin impatient to see it published, and at the same time to disappoint them : for he never would be prevailed on to grant a copy, and yet
feverat lines were retained by memory, and are often repeated in Dublin.
It is thought, that one of his servants in whom he had great confidence, and who had access to his closet, took an opportunity, while his master was riding some miles out of town, to transcribe the whole poem: and it is probable, that the servant lent it to others, who were not truffy, (as is generally the case). By this accident, I having got a very correct copy, from a friend in Dublin, lie under no obligation to conceal it.
I have shewn it to very good judges, friends of the Dean, (if I may venture to say fo to you, who are such a superior judge and poet), who are well acquainted with the author's style, and manner, and they all allow it to be genuine, as well as perfectly finished and correct ; his particular genius appearing in every line, together with his peculiar way of thinking and writing.
I should be very forry to offend the Dean, altho' I am a perfect stranger to his person : but, fince the poem will infallibly be foon printed, either here, or in Dublin, I take myself to have the best title to send it to the press; and I shall direct the printer to commit as few errors as possible.
I am, Sir, with the greatest respect, From my chambers
your moft obedient, and in the Inner-Temple, London, April 1.1733.
moft humble servant,