Swift Among The Lawyers

Dean Swift having preached an assize sermon in Ireland, was invited to

dine with the Judges; and having in his sermon considered the use and

abuse of the law, he then pressed a little hard upon those counsellors,

who plead causes which they knew in their consciences to be wrong. When

dinner was over, and the glass began to go round, a young barrister

retorted upon the dean; and after several altercations, the counsellor

asked him, If the devil was to die, whether a parson might not be

found, who, for money, would preach his funeral? Yes, said Swift, I

would gladly be the man, and I would then give the devil his due, as I

have this day done his children.

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