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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 818

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In this new happy scene

Are nobler subjects for your learned pen;

Here we expect from you

More than your predecessor Adam knew;

Whatever moves our wonder, or our sport,

Whatever serves for innocent emblems of the court;

How that which we a kernel see,

(Whose well-compacted forms escape the light,

Unpierced by the blunt rays of sight,)

Shall ere long grow into a tree;

Whence ta

kes it its increase, and whence its birth,

Or from the sun, or from the air, or from the earth,

Where all the fruitful atoms lie;

How some go downward to the root,

Some more ambitious upwards fly,

And form the leaves, the branches, and the fruit.

You strove to cultivate a barren court in vain,

Your garden's better worth your nobler pain,

Here mankind fell, and hence must rise again.

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