Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Discourse on the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit
, in his Prose Works
, ed. Temple Scott, Vol. I: A Tale of a Tub and Other Early Works
(London: George Bell and Sons, 1900), p. 200:
is a sketch of human vanity, for every individual to imagine
the whole universe is interested in his meanest concern. If
he hath got cleanly over a kennel, some angel unseen descended on purpose to help him by the hand; if he hath
knocked his head against a post, it was the devil, for his
sins, let loose from hell, on purpose to buffet him. Who,
that sees a little paltry mortal, droning, and dreaming, and
drivelling to a multitude, can think it agreeable to common
good sense, that either Heaven or Hell should be put to the
trouble of influence or inspection, upon what he is about?
I think that a kennel here means a fox-hole, got cleanly over while riding a horse.