FROM SWIFT's WORKS. AN UNPLEASANT LESSON FOR THE PIGS' BETTERS.
I HAD the curiosity to enquire, in a particular manner, by what method great numbers had procured to themselves high titles of honour, and Page 88prodigious estates; and I confined my enquiry to a very modern period. However, without granting upon present times, because I would be sure to give no offence, even to foreigners (for I hope the reader need not be told, that I do not in the least intend my own country, in what I say upon this occasion) and a great number of persons were called up, and, upon a very slight examination, discovered such a scene of infamy, that I cannot reflect upon it with∣out some seriousness. Perjury, oppression, subbr∣nation, fraud, pandarism, and the like infirmities, were amongst the most excuseable arts they had to maintain, and for these I gave, as it was reasonable great allowance. But, when some confessed they owed their greatness and wealth to sodomy, or in∣cest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters; others to the betraying of their country, or their prince; some to poisoning, more to the perverting of justice, in order to destroy the innocent: I hope I may be pardoned, if these dis∣coveries inclined me a little to abate of that pro∣found veneration which I am naturally apt to pay to persons of HIGH rank, who ought to be treated with the utmost respect, due to their sublime digni∣ty, by us their inferiors.