Never be a saint

Having thought about the great Irish prose writer Jonathan Swift as a "hater of his kind" and a tortured genius, Stephen now recalls something that the great English poet John Dryden said to Swift: "Cousin Swift, you will never be a poet." He applies the saying to his own earlier religiosity: "Cousin Stephen, you will never be a saint."

JH 2016

Drawing of John Dryden, artist unknown. Source: www.enotes.com.