Full Online Books
BOOK CATEGORIES
Authors Authors Short Stories Short Stories Long Stories Long Stories Funny Stories Funny Stories Love Stories Love Stories Stories For Kids Stories For Kids Poems Poems Essays Essays Nonfictions Nonfictions Plays Plays Folktales Folktales Fairy Tales Fairy Tales Fables Fables Learning Kitchen Learning Kitchen
LINKS
Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Free Classified Website Without Registration Free Classified Website Daniel Company
Twitter Twitter Add book
donate
Full Online Book HomePoemsThe Run Upon The Bankers
Famous Authors (View All Authors)
The Run Upon The Bankers Post by :Iceman Category :Poems Author :Jonathan Swift Date :August 2011 Read :2481

Click below to download : The Run Upon The Bankers (Format : PDF)

The Run Upon The Bankers

The Run Upon the Bankers(1)


The bold encroachers on the deep
Gain by degrees huge tracts of land,
Till Neptune, with one general sweep,
Turns all again to barren strand.

The multitude's capricious pranks
Are said to represent the seas,
Breaking the bankers and the banks,
Resume their own whene'er they please.

Money, the life-blood of the nation,
Corrupts and stagnates in the veins,
Unless a proper circulation
Its motion and its heat maintains.

Because 'tis lordly not to pay,
Quakers and aldermen in state,
Like peers, have levees every day
Of duns attending at their gate.

We want our money on the nail;
The banker's ruin'd if he pays:
They seem to act an ancient tale;
The birds are met to strip the jays.

"Riches," the wisest monarch sings,
"Make pinions for themselves to fly;"(2)
They fly like bats on parchment wings,
And geese their silver plumes supply.

No money left for squandering heirs!
Bills turn the lenders into debtors:
The wish of Nero(3) now is theirs,
"That they had never known their letters."

Conceive the works of midnight hags,
Tormenting fools behind their backs:
Thus bankers, o'er their bills and bags,
Sit squeezing images of wax.

Conceive the whole enchantment broke;
The witches left in open air,
With power no more than other folk,
Exposed with all their magic ware.

So powerful are a banker's bills,
Where creditors demand their due;
They break up counters, doors, and tills,
And leave the empty chests in view.

Thus when an earthquake lets in light
Upon the god of gold and hell,
Unable to endure the sight,
He hides within his darkest cell.

As when a conjurer takes a lease
From Satan for a term of years,
The tenant's in a dismal case,
Whene'er the bloody bond appears.

A baited banker thus desponds,
From his own hand foresees his fall,
They have his soul, who have his bonds;
'Tis like the writing on the wall.(4)

How will the caitiff wretch be scared,
When first he finds himself awake
At the last trumpet, unprepared,
And all his grand account to make!

For in that universal call,
Few bankers will to heaven be mounters;
They'll cry, "Ye shops, upon us fall!
Conceal and cover us, ye counters!"

When other hands the scales shall hold,
And they, in men's and angels' sight
Produced with all their bills and gold,
"Weigh'd in the balance and found light!"


(Footnote 1: This poem was printed some years ago, and it should seem, by the late failure of two bankers, to be somewhat prophetic. It was therefore thought fit to be reprinted.--_Dublin Edition_, 1734.)

(Footnote 2: Solomon, Proverbs, ch. xxiii, v. 5.)

(Footnote 3: Who, in his early days of empire, having to sign the sentence of a condemned criminal, exclaimed: "Quam vellem nescire litteras!" Suetonius, 10; and Seneca, "De Clementia,", cited by Montaigne, "De l'inconstance de nos actions."--_W. E. B._)

(Footnote 4: Daniel, ch. v, verses 25, 26, 27, 28.--_W. E. B._)


(The end)
Jonathan Swift's poem: Run Upon The Bankers

If you like this book please share to your friends :
NEXT BOOKS

Upon The Horrid Plot Upon The Horrid Plot

Upon The Horrid Plot
DISCOVERED BY HARLEQUIN, THE BISHOP OF ROCHESTER'S FRENCH DOG,(1) IN A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A WHIG AND A TORY I ask'd a Whig the other night,How came this wicked plot to light?He answer'd, that a dog of lateInform'd a minister of state.Said I, from thence I nothing know;For are not all informers so?A villain who his friend betrays,We style him by no other phrase;And so a perjured dog denotesPorter, and Pendergast, and Oates,And forty others I could name. WHIG. But you must know this dog was lame. TORY. A weighty argument indeed!Your evidence was lame:--proceed:Come, help your lame dog
PREVIOUS BOOKS

An Excellent New Song On A Seditious Pamphlet An Excellent New Song On A Seditious Pamphlet

An Excellent New Song On A Seditious Pamphlet
An Excellent New Song On A Seditious Pamphlet(1) 1720-21To the tune of "Packington's Pound."Brocades, and damasks, and tabbies, and gauzes,Are, by Robert Ballantine, lately brought over,With forty things more: now hear what the law says,Whoe'er will not wear them is not the king's lover. Though a printer and Dean, Seditiously mean,Our true Irish hearts from Old England to wean,We'll buy English silks for our wives and our daughters,In spite of his deanship and journeyman Waters.In England the dead in woollen are clad, The Dean and his printer then let us cry fie on;To
NEXT 10 BOOKS | PREVIOUS 10 BOOKS | RANDOM 10 BOOKS
LEAVE A COMMENT