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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Jove and the Souls
By Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
 
AMAZED, confused, its fate unknown,
The world stood trembling at Jove’s throne;
While each pale sinner hung his head,
Jove nodding shook the heavens, and said;
“Offending race of human kind,        5
By nature, reason, learning, blind;
You who through frailty stepped aside,
And you who never erred through pride;
You who in different sects were shammed,
And come to see each other damned;        10
(So some folks told you, but they knew
No more of Jove’s designs than you.)
The world’s mad business now is o’er,
And I resent your freaks no more;
I to such blockheads set my wit,        15
I damn such fools—go, go, you’re bit!”
 
 
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