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The Poems of Jonathan Swift - Volume 1

Jonathan Swift

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Collection of Poems by the author of Gulliver's Travels

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Styx,
Whate'er she would desire, to grant—
  But wise Ardelia knew his tricks.

Ovid had warn'd her to beware
  Of strolling gods, whose usual trade is,
Under pretence of taking air,
  To pick up sublunary ladies.

Howe'er, she gave no flat denial,
  As having malice in her heart;
And was resolv'd upon a trial,
  To cheat the god in his own art.

"Hear my request," the virgin said;
  "Let which I please of all the Nine
Attend, whene'er I want their aid,
  Obey my call, and only mine."

By vow oblig'd, by passion led,
  The god could not refuse her prayer:
He way'd his wreath thrice o'er her head,
  Thrice mutter'd something to the air.

And now he thought to seize his. . . Read More

Community Reviews

now I know where the term yahoo came from!

The best single volume of Swift I know, offering GULLIVER and TALE OF THE TUB complete, A MODEST PROPOSAL (of course), and a broad selection of satires, political broadsides, miscellaneous essays,verse, and correspondence. The book has also taken exemplary care with the accuracy of its texts and con

Hounynhnms. Platform soles. Eating babies. The Pride of Kilkenny College.

Gulliver's travels is a must read...and his poetry is hilarious! The piece titled A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed is downright comical and one of my favorites.

Compels you to think about the colonisation and the assumption of moral superiority

Not a fan of Gulliver's Travels, but the other poems and essays are interesting to read.

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