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 Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death 19 Oct 1745 (aged 77)
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Burial Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Memorial ID 1944 · View Source
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Author. Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral and one of the greatest satirists of his or any other times. His 'Gulliver's Travels' is now known mostly in expurgated versions for children. His satirical venom is displayed in, e.g. 'A Modest Proposal' for the relief of poverty and hunger in Ireland by the cooking of surplus children. Inspired by his tow female muses , 'Stella' (Hester Johnson, q.v.) and 'Vanessa' (Esther Vanhomrigh). Founded a hospital by his will- as he wrote in his sardonic 'Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift' 'He gave the little wealth he had / To build a house for fools and mad :/ To show, by one satiric touch , / No nation wanted it so much'. He wrote his own eptiaph which was on his orders engraved and gilded in large letters and stands above the place of his burial: in translation it reads 'Here is laid the body of Jonathan Swift.....where savage indignation can no longer tear his heart. Depart, wayfarer, and imitate if you can a man who to his utmost strenuously championed liberty'.

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Swift, Decan. 1713, Obt. 19 Oct. 1745, Aet. 78




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 1944
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Swift (30 Nov 1667–19 Oct 1745), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1944, citing Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .