Page 276. " Letter: Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver "

Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) was an 18th-century English poet and good friend to Jonathan Swift. He offered this addendum to Gulliver's Travels.

The Captain, some Time after his Return (from the land of the Houyhnhnm), being retired to Mr. Sympson's in the Country, Mrs. Gulliver, apprehending from his late Behaviour some Extrangement of his Affections, writes him the following expostulating, soothing and tenderly-complaining Epistle.

Welcome, thrice welcome to thy native Place!

--What, touch me not? what, shun a Wife's Embrace?

Have I for this thy tedious Absence born,

 And wak'd and wish'd whole Nights for they Return?

In five long Years I took no second Spouse;

What Redriff Wife so long hath kept her Vows?

Your Eyes, your Nose, Inconstancy betray;

Your Nose you stop, your Eyes you turn away.

'Tis said, that thou shouldst cleave unto thy Wife;

Once thou didst cleave, and I could cleave for Life.

Hear and relent! hark, how thy children moan;

Be kind at least to these, they are thy own:

Behold, and count them all; secure to find

The honest Number that you left behind.

See how they pat thee with their pretty Paws:

Why start you? are they Snakes? or have they Claws?

Thy Christian Seed, our mutual Flesh and Bone:

Be kind at least to these, they are thy own.


The poem continues for many refrains. It can be found in its entirety in

The Writings of Jonathan Swift, edited by Robert A. Greenberg and William B. Piper

Copyright 1973 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. , 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10110