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Grace After Dinner
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Wisdom
A Certificate Of Marriage
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O'leary Versus Curran
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Scene Between Fitzgibbon And Curran In The Irish Parliament
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Refusal Of Office
Swift's Political Principles
Lord Clare


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Use Of Red Tape
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Lord Avonmore
To Quilca
Dean Swift And The Preacher Who Stole His Sermon
On The Same Upright Chief Justice Whitshed
Swift's Charity
Swift Arbuthnot And Parnell




Wisdom

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Wisdom (said the Dean) is a fox, who, after long hunting, will at last
cost you the pains to dig out: it is a cheese, which, by how much the
richer, has the thicker, the homelier, and the coarser coat, and whereof
to a judicious palate the maggots are the best; it is a sack-posset,
wherein the deeper you go you will find it the sweeter. Wisdom is a
hen, whose cackling we must value and consider, because it is
attended with an egg; but then, lastly, it is a nut, which, unless you
choose with judgment, may cost you a tooth, and pay you with nothing but
a worm.





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