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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
97. On An Ill-Managed House
 
By Jonathan Swift
 
 
LET me thy properties explain:
A rotten cabin dropping rain:
Chimneys, with scorn rejecting smoke;
Stools, tables, chairs, and bedsteads broke.
Here elements have lost their uses,        5
Air ripens not, nor earth produces:
In vain we make poor Sheelah toil,
Fire will not roast, nor water boil.
Through all the valleys, hills, and plains,
The Goddess Want, in triumph reigns:        10
And her chief officers of state,
Sloth, Dirt, and Theft, around her wait.
 

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