Quotation by Jonathan Swift

O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee,
Whose graceless children scorn to own thee!
... Yet thou hast greater cause to be
Ashamed of them, than they of thee.
Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Anglo-Irish satirist. repr. In The Poems of Jonathan Swift, ed. H. Williams (1958). On Poetry: A Rhapsody, l. 357-64 (1733).

Dr Johnson, in his Dictionary of 1755, defined Grub Street: "Originally the name of a street in Moorfields in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems, whence any mean production is called grubstreet."
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