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N. B. Whatever Verfes are not marked with an Afterisk * in this Volume are Dr. Swift's.
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Written Anno 1713.
'HE shepherds and the nymphs were seen
The council for the fair began,
*This poem is founded upon an offer of marriage made by a young lady to her preceptor: whether fuch an incident really happened, or what gave the poet occafion to suppose it,
Against her dignity and crown:
Or fome worfe brute in human fhape,
From all the thousand female toys,
In a dull ftream, which moving flow,
Stops thus, and turns with ev'ry wind;
The pleader, having spoke his best,
Who fairly could on oath depofe,
Nor further thofe deponents knew ----