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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
Early Poems: Imitations of English Poets
Dr. Swift: The Happy Life of a Country Parson
PARSON, these things in thy possessing
Are better than the bishop’s blessing:
A wife that makes conserves; a steed
That carries double when there ’s need;
October store, and best Virginia,        5
Tythe pig, and mortuary guinea;
Gazettes sent gratis down and frank’d,
For which thy patron’s weekly thank’d;
A large Concordance, bound long since;
Sermons to Charles the First, when prince;        10
A Chronicle of ancient standing;
A Chrysostom to smooth thy band in;
The Polyglott—three parts—my text,
Howbeit—likewise—now to my next;
Lo here the Septuagint—and Paul,        15
To sum the whole—the close of all.
  He that has these may pass his life,
Drink with the ’Squire, and kiss his wife;
On Sundays preach, and eat his fill,
And fast on Fridays—if he will;        20
Toast Church and Queen, explain the news,
Talk with Churchwardens about pews,
Pray heartily for some new gift,
And shake his head at Doctor S—t.

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