Thursday, June 16, 2022

AN EPIGRAM INSCRIBED TO THE HONOURABLE SERGEANT KITE by Jonathan Swift


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AN EPIGRAM INSCRIBED TO THE HONOURABLE SERGEANT KITE 
by Jonathan Swift


In your indignation what mercy appears,

While Jonathan's threaten'd with loss of his ears;

For who would not think it a much better choice,

By your knife to be mangled than rack'd with your voice.

If truly you [would] be revenged on the parson,

Command his attendance while you act your farce on;

Instead of your maiming, your shooting, or banging,

Bid Povey secure him while you are haranguing.

Had this been your method to torture him, long since,

He had cut his own ears to be deaf to your nonsense.

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