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Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift was born at No. 7, Hoey's Court, Dublin, and was the second child and only son of Jonathan and Abigail Erick (or Herrick) Swift. His father was Irish born and his mother was born in England. Jonathan arrived seven months after his father's untimely death. Most of the facts of Swift's early life are obscure, confused and sometimes contradictory. It is widely believed that his mother returned to England when Jonathan was still very young, then leaving him to be raised by his father's family. His uncle Godwin took primary responsibility for the young Jonathan, sending him with one of his cousins to Kilkenny College (also attended by the philosopher George Berkeley).

Ave Faustina Imperatrix, morituri te salutant.

Lean back, and get some minutes' pea... [read poem]
In the month of the long decline of roses
I, beholding the summer dead before me,
Set my f... [read poem]
From the depth of the dreamy decline of the dawn through a notable nimbus of nebulous noonshine,... [read poem]
the higher pantheism in a nutshell
One, who is not, we see: but one, whom we see not, is:
Surely this is not that: but that is ass... [read poem]
All the night sleep came not upon my eyelids,
Shed not dew, nor shook nor unclosed a feather,... [read poem]
the roundel
A roundel is wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere,
With craft of delight and with cunni... [read poem]
advice to the grub street verse-writers
Ye poets ragged and forlorn,
Down from your garrets haste;
Ye rhymers, dead as soon as... [read poem]
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