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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 1032

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The juggling sea-god,[5] when by chance trepann'd

By some instructed querist sleeping on the sand,

Impatient of all answers, straight became

A stealing brook, and strove to creep away

Into his native sea,

Vex'd at their follies, murmur'd in his stream;

But disappointed of his fond desire,

Would vanish in a pyramid of fire.

This surly, slippery God, when he design'd

To furnish his escapes,

Ne'er borrow'd more variety of shapes

Than you, to please and satisfy mankind,

And seem

(almost) transform'd to water, flame, and air,

So well you answer all phenomena there:

Though madmen and the wits, philosophers and fools,

With all that factious or enthusiastic dotards dream,

And all the incoherent jargon of the schools;

Though all the fumes of fear, hope, love, and shame,

Contrive to shock your minds with many a senseless doubt;

Doubts where the Delphic God would grope in ignorance and night,

The God of learning and of light

Would want a God himself to help him out.

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