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The LIFE and CHARACTER of Dr SWIFT.
Upon a Maxim in RocheFOUCAULT II.
WISE Rochefoucault a maxim writ
up of malice, truth, and wit: .
-Before we farther go; 'Tis fit the maxim we should know..
He says, “. Whenever fortune sends
We see a comrade get a fall,
Tom for a wealthy wife looks round,
I could give instances enough,
See the maxim, in vol. 6. p. 233.
Bring from his heart fincerer groans,
'Tis true, we talk of friendship much,
Yet, by experience, oft we find,
Let me suppose, two special friends,
Yet come in time to hew their loves,
To make these truths the better known,
The day will come, when't shall be said, “ D'ye hear the news-- - the Dean is dead! “ Poor man: he went, all on a sudden--!” H'as dropp'd, and givin the crow a pudding ! What
money was behind him found ? “ I hear about two thousand pound « Tis own'd he was a man of witYet many a foolish thing he writ --; “ 'And sure he must be deeply learn'd-!" That's more than ever. I discern'd; “ I know his nearest friends complain, “ He was too airy for a Dean“ He was an honest man, I'll swear Why, Sir, I differ from you there; For I have heard another storý, He was a most confounded Tory! “ Yet here we had a strong report, " That he was well receiv'd at court." Why, then it was, I do assert, Their goodness, more than his defert He grew, or else his comrades lyd, Confounded dull, before he dy'd.
He hop'd to have a lucky bit, Some medals fent him for his wit ; But truly there the Dean was bit“ And yet, I think, for all your jokes, “ His claim as good as other folks
“ Must we the drapier then forget? * Is not our nation in his debt'? “ 'Twas he that writ the Drapier's letters ! He should have left them for his betters;
We had a hundred abler men,
But why would he, except he slobber'd,
• If he makes mankind bad as elves,
“ If you resent it, who's to blame?
I envy not the wits, who write
130 This gave
him enemies in plenty, Throughout two realms nineteen in twenty ; 135 His zeal was not to lash our crimes, But discontent against the times :: For had we made him timely offers, To raise his post, or fill his coffers ; Perhaps he might have truckled down,
140 Like other brethren of his
gown. For party he would scarce have bled I say no more, because he's dead.
“But who could charge him to his face, “That e'er he cring’d to men in place?
145 “ His principles, of antient date, “ Ill suit with those profess’d of late: “ The Pope, or Calvin, he'd oppose, “And thought they both were equal foes : " That churcb and state had suffer'd more 150 “ By Calvin than the scarlet whore : “Thought Popish and fanatic zeal “ Both bitter foes to Britain's weal. “The Pope would of our faith bereave us— “ But still our monarchy would leave us
155 “ Not so the vile fanatic crew; “ That ruin'd church and monarch too.
« SUPPOSING these reflections just, “ We should indulge the Dean's disgust, “ Who saw this factious tribe caress'd,
160 “ And lovers of the church distress’d“ The patrons of the good old cause, " In Jenates fit, in making laws ; “ The most malignant of the herd, “ In surest way to be preferrd;
165 “ And preachers find the better quarter, « For railing at the royal martyr.
“ WHOLE swarms of seets, with grief, he saw,. “More favour'd than the church by law: