The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D.
vourite, were unavailing ; and Swift, galled by the
difficulty which attended his promotion, could only
console his pride by the consideration, that a bishop
had been created against great opposition, and with
out any interest of his own, in order to make way for
his gaining the best deanery in Ireland. It is re
markable, that, neither during the agitating period
when this business was in dependence, nor at any
other time, did Swift suffer himself to glance a sar
casm at Queen Anne, or at her memory.* And this
* The following line can hardly be considered as an exception :
By an old [murderess ?] pursued,
A crazy prelate, and a royal prude.
In the same piece he mentions, in very different terms, the in
trigues of Archbishop Sharpe and the Duchess of Somerset :
York is from Lambeth sent to tell the queen,
A dangerous treatise writ against the spleen ;
Which by the style, the matter, and the drift,
' Tis thought could be the work of none but Swift.
Poor York ! the harmless tool of others ' hate ;
He sues for pardon, and repents too late.
Now angry Somerset her vengeance vows,
On Swift ' s reproaches for her murder ' d spouse :
From her red locks her mouth with venom fills,
And thence into the royal ear distils.
It is remarkable, that, in two passages of his Journal to Stella,
Swift intimates that the Archbishop of York had expressed a
strong wish to be reconciled to him ; but it does not appear that
they ever met. Delany, after expressing his surprise that Swift
should ever have been represented as an infidel, mentions, as if it
consisted with his own knowledge, " It will be some satisfaction to