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To Stella, Visiting Me in My Sickness

By Swift, Jonathan

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Book Id: WPLBN0000621653
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: To Stella, Visiting Me in My Sickness  
Author: Swift, Jonathan
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Excerpt: PALLAS, observing Stella?s wit Was more than for her sex was fit; And that her beauty, soon or late, Might breed confusion in the state; In high concern for human kind, Fixed honour in her infant mind. But (not in wranglings to engage With such a stupid vicious age), If honour I would here define, It answers faith in things divine. As natural life the body warms, And, scholars teach, the soul informs; So honour animates the whole, And is the spirit of the soul. Those numerous virtues which the tribe Of tedious moralists describe, And by such various titles call, True honour comprehends them all. Let melancholy rule supreme, Choler preside, or blood, or phlegm. It makes no difference in the case. Nor is complexion honour?s place. But, lest we should for honour take The drunken quarrels of a rake, Or think it seated in a scar, Or on a proud triumphal car, Or in the payment of a debt, We lose with sharpers at piquet; Or, when a whore in her vocation, Keeps punctual to an assignation; Or that on which his lordship swears, When vulgar knaves would lose their ears: Let Stella?s fair example preach A lesson she alone can teach. In points of honour to be tried, All passions must be laid aside.

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Table of Contents: To Stella, Visiting Me In My Sickness, 1 -- Jonathan Swift, 1


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