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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 902

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As when the deluge first began to fall,

That mighty ebb never to flow again,

When this huge body's moisture was so great,

It quite o'ercame the vital heat;

That mountain which was highest, first of all

Appear'd above the universal main,

To bless the primitive sailor's weary sight;

And 'twas perhaps Parnassus, if in height

It be as great as 'tis in fame,

And nigh to Heaven as is its name;

So, after the inundation of a

war,

When learning's little household did embark,

With her world's fruitful system, in her sacred ark,

At the first ebb of noise and fears,

Philosophy's exalted head appears;

And the Dove-Muse will now no longer stay,

But plumes her silver wings, and flies away;

And now a laurel wreath she brings from far,

To crown the happy conqueror,

To show the flood begins to cease,

And brings the dear reward of victory and peace.

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