Jonathan Swift Quote

The Vermin only teaze and pinch
Their foes superior by an Inch.
So, Naturalists observe, a Flea
Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey,
And these have smaller Fleas to bite 'em.
And so proceed ad infinitum.


On Poetry: A Rhapsody (1735), lines 339–44

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The Vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an Inch. So, Naturalists observe, a Flea Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey, And these have...

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The Vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an Inch. So, Naturalists observe, a Flea Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey, And these have...

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The Vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an Inch. So, Naturalists observe, a Flea Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey, And these have...

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The Vermin only teaze and pinch Their foes superior by an Inch. So, Naturalists observe, a Flea Hath smaller Fleas that on him prey, And these have...