Baucis and Philemon

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A poem by Swift, published 1709; Baucis and Philemon were the aged couple who entertained the gods unawares, and whose cottage was transformed by Zeus into a temple. In Swift's version, the couple entertain two hermits; their cottage becomes a church and Philemon the parson, an elevation described with some irony.

Subjects: Literature.

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Jonathan Swift (1667—1745) writer and dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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