Harold Williams (ed.), The Poems of Jonathan Swift, Vol. 1 (Second Edition)

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An EPIGRAMONWOODS's BRASS-MONEY.

Faulkner, 1746, viii. 317.

The Story of the Injured Lady…. London, Printed for M. Cooper, … MDCCXLVI. p. 62.

Miscellanies, 1746, xi. 246 (1751, xiv. 219).

Works, ed. Hawkesworth, 1755, 4to, iv (1), 286; 8vo, vii. 388.

Lord Carteret, who had been appointed Lord Lieutenant, landed in Ireland on the 22nd of October, 1724, a year earlier than was expected. It was the hope of the Ministry in England that his presence and authority would moderate the violence of the agitation against Wood's coinage. This epigram was first printed by Faulkner in 1746. It was, presumably, composed at the time of Carteret's landing in 1724.

For an account of Carteret see p. 382.

  • 1CART'RET was welcom'd to the Shore
  • 2First with the brazen Cannons Roar.
  • 3To meet him next, the Soldier comes,
  • 4With brazen Trumps and brazen Drums.
  • 5Approaching near the Town, he hears
  • 6The brazen Bells salute his Ears:
  • 7But when Wood's Brass began to sound,
  • 8Guns, Trumpets, Drums, and Bells were drown'd.

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