To Quilca, a Country House not in Good Repair
Jonathan Swift, Poems on Several Occasions (Dublin: George Faulkner, 1737): 208-09. B-10 7549 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
1Let me thy Properties explain,
2A rotten Cabin, dropping Rain;
3Chimnies with Scorn rejecting Smoak;
4Stools, Tables, Chairs, and Bed-steds broke:
5Here Elements have lost their Vses,
6Air ripens not, nor Earth produces:
7In vain we make poor Sheelah toil,
8Fire will not roast, nor Water boil.
9Thro' all the Vallies, Hills, and Plains,
10The Goddess Want in Triumph reigns;
11And her chief Officers of State,
12Sloth, Dirt, and Theft around her wait.
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