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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

      Jonathan Swift was an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub.

      Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, although he is less well known for his poetry or Christian writings. Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms - such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier - or anonymously.

      In February 1702, Swift received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College, Dublin.

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Jonathan Swift

On Mutual Subjection

(First Printed in 1744) "Yea, all of you be subject one to another."--I Peter v. 5 The Apostle having, in many parts of this Epistle, given directions to Christians concerning the duty of subjection or obedience to superiors, in the several instances of the subject to the prince, the child to his pa... Read More
Jonathan Swift

On Sleeping In Church

"And there sat in the window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep; and while Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead."--Acts xx. 9. I have chosen these words with design, if possible, to disturb some par... Read More
Jonathan Swift

On The Wisdom Of This World

"The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."--I Cor. iii. 19. It is remarkable that about the time of our Saviour's coming into the world all kinds of learning flourished to a very great degree, insomuch that nothing is more frequent in the mouths of many men, even such who pretend to read an... Read More
Jonathan Swift

Three Prayers Used By The Dean For Stella In Her Last Sickness, 1727

I. Almighty and most gracious Lord God, extend, we beseech Thee, Thy pity and compassion toward this Thy languishing servant; teach her to place her hope and confidence entirely in Thee; give her a true sense of the emptiness and vanity of all earthly things; make her truly sensible of all the infir... Read More

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