To Quilca





This was a country house of Dr. Sheridan's, where Swift and some of his

friends spent a summer in the year 1725, and being in very bad repair,

Swift wrote the following lines on the occasion:--



Let me thy properties explain;

A rotten cabin dropping rain:

Chimneys with scorn rejecting smoke:

Stools, tables, chairs and bedsteads broke.

Here elements have lost their uses,

Air ripens not, nor earth produces:

In vain we make poor Shelah toil,

Fire will not roast, nor water boil.

Through all the valleys, hills, and plains,

The goddess Want in triumph reigns;

And her chief officers of state;

Sloth, Dirt, and Theft, around her wait.





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