THE POETICAL WORKS OF JOHN GAY

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Página xviii - The person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became all at once the favourite of the town; her pictures were engraved, and sold in great numbers; her Life written, books of letters and verses to her published, and pamphlets made even of her sayings and jests. Furthermore, it drove out of England (for that season) the Italian Opera, which had carried all before it for ten years.
Página 5 - Thy fame is just, the Sage replies; Thy virtue proves thee truly wise. Pride often guides the Author's pen, Books as affected are as men: But he who studies Nature's laws, From certain truth his maxims draws ; And those, without our schools, suffice To make men moral, good, and wise.
Página 100 - Excuse me, then. You know my heart ; But dearest friends, alas ! must part. How shall we all lament! Adieu! For see, the hounds are just in view.
Página 4 - From nature too I take my rule, To shun contempt and ridicule. I never, with important air, In conversation overbear. Can grave and formal pass for wise, When men the solemn owl despise ? My tongue within my lips I rein ; For who talks much, must talk in vain.
Página 191 - To frame the little animal, provide All the gay hues that wait on female pride : Let nature guide thee : sometimes golden wire The shining bellies of the fly require ; The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail, Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail: Each gaudy bird some slender tribute brings, And lends the growing insect proper wings: Silks of all colours must their aid impart, And every fur promote the fisher's art.
Página xviii - Of this performance, when it was printed, the reception was different, according to the different opinion of its readers. Swift commended it for the excellence of its morality, as a piece that " placed all kinds of vice in the strongest and most odious light ;" but others, and among them Dr.
Página 3 - O'er books consum'd the midnight oil ? Hast thou old Greece and Rome...
Página xiv - South-sea stock, and once supposed himself to be master of twenty thousand pounds. His friends persuaded him to sell his share : but he dreamed of dignity and splendour, and could not bear to obstruct his own fortune. He was then importuned to sell as much as would purchase a hundred a year for life, " which," says Fenton, " will make " you sure of a clean shirt and a shoulder of mutton
Página 38 - Tis done. The Dog the parley thus begun. " How can that strong intrepid mind Attack a weak defenceless kind ? Those jaws should prey on nobler food, And drink the boar's and lion's blood. Great souls with generous pity melt, Which coward tyrants never felt. How harmless is our fleecy care ! Be brave, and let thy mercy spare.
Página 98 - Tis thus in friendships ; who depend On many, rarely find a friend. A Hare who, in a civil way, Complied with every thing, like GAY, Was known by all the bestial train Who haunt the wood or graze the plain ; Her care was never to offend, And every creature was her friend. As forth she went at early dawn, To...

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