The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 18/An Invitation by Dr. Delany, in the Name of Dr. Swift


MIGHTY Thomas[2], a solemn senatus[3] I call,
To consult for Sapphira[4]; so come one and all;
Quit books, and quit business, your cure and your care,
For a long winding walk, and a short bill of fare.
I've mutton for you, sir; and as for the ladies,
As friend Virgil has it; I've aliud mercedes;
For Letty[5], one filbert, whereon to regale;
And a peach for pale Constance[6], to make a full meal;
And for your cruel part[7], who take pleasure in blood,
I have that of the grape, which is ten times as good:
Flow wit to her honour, flow wine to her health;
High rais'd be her worthy above titles or wealth.

  1. See Mrs. Pilkington's Memoirs, vol. III, page 65.
  2. From their diminutive size, the dean used to call Mr. Pilkington "Tom Thumb," and his wife "his lady fair."
  3. To correct Mrs. Barber's poems; which were published at London, in 4to, by subscription; with the addition of several poems by her son Constantine, afterward a very learned physician, and president of the college of physicians in Dublin. The dean, in his will, bequeathed to Mrs. Barber "the medal of queen Anne and prince George, which she formerly gave me."
  4. The name by which Mrs. Barber was distinguished by her friends.
  5. Mrs. Piikington.
  6. Mrs. Constantia Grierson, a native of Kilkenny, who died in 1733, at the age of 27. She was well versed in Greek and Roman literature, history, divinity, philosophy, and mathematicks. She gave a proof of her knowledge of the Latin tongue, by her dedication of the Dublin edition of Tacitus to the lord Carteret, and by that of Terence to his son, to whom she likewise wrote a Greek epigram. Lord Carteret obtained a patent for Mr. George Grierson, her husband, to be king's printer in Ireland; and, to distinguish and reward her extraordinary merit, had her life inserted in it. See the preface to Mrs. Barber's poems.
  7. Mrs. Van Lewen (Mrs. Pilkington's mother), who used to argue with Dr. Swift, about his declamation against eating blood.