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...woman under Heaven I fear, New oaths I can exactly swear; And forty healths my brains will bear, Most stoutly.'"
The "description out of Suckling" is from that writer's rondeau, "A Soldier." As the poet died in 1642, Swift ridicules the statement that this kind of coxcomb was "utterly new." [T.S.]]
THE TATLER, NUMB. 63.
FROM THURSDAY SEPTEMBER I. TO SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 1709. "SIR,
"It must be allowed, that Esquire Bickerstaff is of all authors the most ingenuous.There are few, very few, that will own themselves in a mistake.though all the World sees them to be in downright nonsense. You'll be pleased, Sir, to pardon this expression, for the same reason for which you once desired us to excuse you when you seemed anything dull. Most writers, like the generality of Paul Lorrain's saints, seem to place a peculiar vanity in dying hard. But you, Sir, to show a good example to your brethren, have not only confessed, but of your own accord mended the indictment. Nay, you have been so good-natured as to... Swift, Jonathan
Excerpt from The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D. — Volume 09 Contributions to The Tatler, The Examiner, The Spectator, and The Intelligencer · This quote is about mistakes · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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