divendres, 4 d’abril de 2014

A TALE OF A TUB BY SWIFT - DO NEGOTIUM DOS CAPTIVOS BAREJA TRISTE NACIDA DE MOSCA ENCHARCADA NO MAIS ÇUJO MONTURO QUE PODE HAVER EM MASMORRAS DE PRESOS QUE NUNCA SE ALIMPARAM

Now, the first of these oratorical machines, in place as well as dignity, is the Pulpit. Of
pulpits there are in this island several sorts, but I esteem only that made of timber from
the Sylva Caledonia, which agrees very well with our climate. If it be upon its decay, it
is the better, both for conveyance of sound and for other reasons to be mentioned by and
by. The degree of perfection in shape and size I take to consist in being extremely
narrow, with little ornament, and, best of all, without a cover; for, by ancient rule, it
ought to be the only uncovered vessel in every assembly where it is rightfully used

I expected, indeed, to have heard of your Lordship’s bravery at the head of an army; of
your undaunted courage in mounting a breach or scaling a wall; or to have had your
pedigree traced in a lineal descent from the House of Austria; or of your wonderful
talent at dress and dancing; or your profound knowledge in algebra, metaphysics, and
the Oriental tongues: but to ply the world with an old beaten story of your wit, and
eloquence, and learning, and wisdom, and justice, and politeness, and candour, and
evenness of temper in all scenes of life; of that great discernment in discovering and
readiness in favouring deserving men; with forty other common topics; I confess I have
neither conscience nor countenance to do it. Because there is no virtue either of a
public or private life which some circumstances of your own have not often produced
upon the stage of the world; and those few which for want of occasions to exert them
might otherwise have passed unseen or unobserved by your friends, your enemies have
at length brought to light.



The goose was also
held a subaltern divinity or Deus minorum gentium, 
before whose shrine was sacrificed that
creature whose hourly food is human gore, and
who is in so great renown abroad for being the
delight and favourite of the Egyptian Cercopithecus
. Millions of these animals were cruelly
slaughtered every day to appease the hunger of 
THAT CONSUMING DEITY... CRUEL


There is, first, a large pederastic
school, with French and Italian masters; there is
also the spelling school, a very spacious build-
ing; the school of looking-glasses; the school of
swearing; the school of critics; the school of sali-
vation; the school of hobby-horses; the school of
poetry; the school of tops; the school of spleen;
the school of gaming; with many others too te-
dious to recount. No person to be admitted mem-
ber into any of these schools without an attesta-
tion under two sufficient persons’ hands certi-
fying him to be a wit.
But to return. I am sufficiently instructed in
the principal duty of a preface if my geniUS, WERE
are extremely witty to-day, or fasting, or in this
place, or at eight o’clock, or over a bottle, or
spoke by Mr. W
hatdyecall’m, or in a summer’s
morning, any of which, by the smallest
transposal or misapplication, is utterly annihi-
late. Thus wit has its walks and purlieus, out of
which it may not stray the breadth of a hair, upon
peril of being lost. The moderns have artfully
fixed this Mercury, and reduced it to the circum-
stances of time, place, and person. S

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