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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 615

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Virtue, the greatest of all monarchies!

Till its first emperor, rebellious man,

Deposed from off his seat,

It fell, and broke with its own weight

Into small states and principalities,

By many a petty lord possess'd,

But ne'er since seated in one single breast.

'Tis you who must this lan

d subdue,

The mighty conquest's left for you,

The conquest and discovery too:

Search out this Utopian ground,

Virtue's Terra Incognita,

Where none ever led the way,

Nor ever since but in descriptions found;

Like the philosopher's stone,

With rules to search it, yet obtain'd by none.

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