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Verses Occasioned By Whitshed's Motto On His Coach Post by :Paul_-_PBT Category :Poems Author :Jonathan Swift Date :August 2011 Read :2318

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Verses Occasioned By Whitshed's Motto On His Coach

Verses Occasioned By Whitshed's (1) Motto On His Coach. 1724


Libertas _et natale solum:_ (2)
Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em.
Could nothing but thy chief reproach
Serve for a motto on thy coach?
But let me now the words translate:
_Natale solum_, my estate;
My dear estate, how well I love it,
My tenants, if you doubt, will prove it,
They swear I am so kind and good,
I hug them till I squeeze their blood.
_Libertas_ bears a large import:
First, how to swagger in a court;
And, secondly, to show my fury
Against an uncomplying jury;
And, thirdly, 'tis a new invention,
To favour Wood, and keep my pension;
And, fourthly, 'tis to play an odd trick,
Get the great seal and turn out Broderick;(3)
And, fifthly, (you know whom I mean,)
To humble that vexatious Dean:
And, sixthly, for my soul to barter it
For fifty times its worth to Carteret.(4)
Now since your motto thus you construe,
I must confess you've spoken once true.
_Libertas et natale solum:_
You had good reason when you stole 'em.

(Footnote 1: That noted chief-justice who twice prosecuted the Drapier, and dissolved the grand jury for not finding the bill against him.--_F._)

(Footnote 2: This motto is repeatedly mentioned in the Drapier's Letters.--_Scott_.)

(Footnote 3: Allan Broderick, Lord Middleton, was then lord-chancellor of Ireland. See the Drapier's Letters, "Prose Works," vi, 135.--_W. E. B._)

(Footnote 4: Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.)


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