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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 807

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But censure's to be understood

Th'authentic mark of the elect,

The public stamp Heaven sets on all that's great and good,

Our shallow search and judgment to direct.

The war, methinks, has made

Our wit and learning narrow as our trade;

Instead of boldly sailing far, to buy

A stock of wisdom and philosophy,

We fondly stay at home, in fear

Of every censuring privateer;

Forci

ng a wretched trade by beating down the sale,

And selling basely by retail.

The wits, I mean the atheists of the age,

Who fain would rule the pulpit, as they do the stage,

Wondrous refiners of philosophy,

Of morals and divinity,

By the new modish system of reducing all to sense,

Against all logic, and concluding laws,

Do own th'effects of Providence,

And yet deny the cause.

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