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lived on together with mutual satisfaction; and, in the four years chat paffed between his return and Temple’s death, it is probable that he wrote the Tale of a Tub and the Battle of the Books.
Swift began early to think, or to hope, that he was a poet, and wrote Pindarick Odes to Temple, to the King, and to the Athenian Society, a knot of obscure men, who published a periodical pamphlet of answers to questions, fent, or supposed to be fent, by Letters. I have been told: that Dryden, having perused these verses, faid, “ Cousin Swift, you will “ never be a poet ;» and that this denunciation was the motive of Swift's perpetual malcyolence to Dryden..
In 1699. Temple died, and left a legacy with his manuscripts to Swift, for whom he had obtained, from King William, a proinise of the first prebend that should be vacant at Westminiter or Canterbury.
That this promise might not be forgotten, Swift dedicated to the King the posthumous works with which he was intrusted; but neither the dedication, nor tenderness for the man whom he once had treated with confidence and fondness, revived in King William the remembrance of his promise. Swift awhile attended the Court; but soon found his folicitations hopeless.
He was then invited by the Earl of · Berkley to accompany him into Ireland,
as his private secretary; but after having done the business till their arrival at Dublin, he then found that one Buso had persuaded the Earl that a clergyman was not a proper secretary, and had obtained the office for himself. In a man like Swift such circumvention and inconftaney must have excited violent indignation.
But he had yet more to suffer. Lord Berkley had the disposal of the deanery of Derry, and Swift expected to obtain it; but by the secretary's influence, supposed to have been secured by a bribe, it was bestowed on somebody else ; and Swift was disinissed with the livings of Laracor and Rathbeggin in the diocese of
Meath, which together did not equal half the value of the deanery.
At Laracor he increased the parochial duty by reading prayers on Wednesdays and Fridays, and performed all the offices of his profession with great decency and exactness.
Soon after his fettlement at Laracor, he invited to Ireland the unfortunate Stella, a young woman whose name was Johnson, the daughter of the steward of Sir William Temple, who, in consideration of her father's virtues, left her a thousand pounds. With her came Mrs. Dingley, whose whole fortune was twenty-seven pounds a year for her life. With these Ladies he passed his hours of relaxation, and to them he opened
his bosom; but they never relided in the same house, nor did he fee either without a witness. They lived at the Parsonage, when Swift was a'vay; and when he returned, removed to a lodging, or to the house of a neighbouring clergyman.
Swift was not one of those minds which amaze the world with early pregnancy : his first work, except his few poetical Essays, was the Dissentions in Athens and Ronie, published (1701) in his thirty-fourth year. After its appearance, paying a visit to some bishop, he heard mention made of the new pame' phlet that Burnet had written, replete with political knowledge. When he seemed to doubt Burnet's right to the work, he was told by the Bishop, that