The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift/Volume 7/Dr. Delany to Dr. Swift to Be Admitted to Speak to Him

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Sent by Dr. DELANY to Dr. SWIFT,


IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED TO SPEAK TO HIM, WHEN HE WAS DEAF, 1724.


DEAR sir, I think 'tis doubly hard,
Your ears and doors should both be barr'd.
Can any thing be more unkind?
Must I not see, 'cause you are blind?
Methinks a friend at night should cheer you,
A friend that loves to see and hear you.
Why am I robb'd of that delight,
When you can be no loser by't?
Nay, when 'tis plain (for what is plainer?)
That, if you heard, you'd be no gainer?
For sure you are not yet to learn,
That hearing is not your concern.
Then be your doors no longer barr'd
Your business, sir, is to be heard.