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The True-Born Englishman

Daniel Defoe

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .s they are dignified or distinguished, are the people aimed at; nor do I disown, but that it is so much the temper of an Englishman to abuse his benefactor, that I could be glad to see it rectified.

They who think I have been guilty of any error, in exposing the crimes of my own countrymen to themselves, may, among many honest instances of the like nature, find the same thing in Mr. Cowley, in his imitation of the second Olympic Ode of Pindar; his words are these:—

But in this thankless world, the givers
Are envied even by the receivers.
'Tis now the cheap and frugal fashion,
Rather to hide than pay an obligation.
Nay, 'tis much worse than so;
It now an artifice doth grow,
Wrongs and outrages they do,
Lest men should think we owe. THE INTRODUCTION.

Speak, Satire, for there's none can tell like thee,
Whether 'tis folly, pride, or knavery,
That makes this disconten. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I would be but half in earnest if I said that I read this so that you don't have to (OK: three-quarters, maybe seven-eighths), but it would be a shame, in a way, if you didn't (it is currently out of print, but 2-Dolla-Dan copies abound on the used-book interwebs). Cos in this book (containing 13 of

I had to read "The Shortest Way with Dissenters" and "Hymn to the Pillory." Both good examples of satire. "Dissenter" can be seen as a precursor to Swift's "A Modest Proposal."