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JOHN GAY
English poet and dramatist
(1685 - 1732)
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A lady of genius will give a genteel air to her whole dress by a well-fancied suit of knots, as a judicious writer gives a spirit to a whole sentence by a single exprossion.
      - [Dress]

A moment of time may make us unhappy forever.
      - [Unhappiness]

All those must such delights expect to share,
  Who for their friend think fit to take a bear.
      - [Proverbs]

Because its blessings are abused, must gold be censured, cursed, accused?
      - [Gold]

Because my blessings are abus'd,
  Must I be censur'd, curs'd, accus'd?
    Even virtue's self by knaves is made
      A cloak to carry on the trade.
      - [Gold]

By her we first were taught the wheedling art.
      - [Coquette]

Consider man, weigh well thy frame; the king, the beggar, are the same; dust formed us all.
      - [Equality]

Could fools to keep their own contrive,
  On what, on whom could gamesters thrive?
      - [Gambling]

Cynthia, fair regent of the night, oh, may thy silver lamp from heaven's high bower direct my footsteps in the midnight hour.
      - [Moon]

Dogmatic jargon learnt by heart,
  Trite sentences hard terms of art,
    To vulgar ears seemed so profound,
      They fancied learning in the sound.
      - [Sophistry]

Envy is a kind of praise.
      - [Envy]

Fools, to talking ever prose
  Are sure to make their follies known.
      - [Fools]

He best can pity who has felt the woe.
      - [Pity]

He first that useful secret did explain,
  That pricking corns foretold the gathering rain.
      - [Rain]

He, who would free from malice pass his days,
  Must live obscure, and never merit praise.
      - [Hate]

I know you lawyers can, with ease, twist words and meanings as you please.
      - [Lawyers]

In books and love the mind one end pursues, and only change the expiring flame renews.
      - [Variety]

In love we are all fools alike.
      - [Love]

Just education forms the man.
      - [Education]

Lashed into Latin by the tingling rod.
      - [Linguists]

Merit was ever modest known.
      - [Merit]

My lodging it is on the cold ground, and very hard is my fare,
  But that which troubles me most, is the unkindness of my dear.
      - attributed to,
        as it appeared in William Davenant's "Rivals", an alteration of Beaumont and Fletcher's "Two Noble Kinsmen", attribution to Gay by Boosey, the publishers
        [Unkindness]

No gale disturb the trees, nor aspen leaves confess the gentle breeze.
      - [Trees]

Oh, bane of man! seducing cheat!
  Can man, weak man, thy power defeat?
    Gold banish'd honor from the mind,
      And only left the name behind;
        Gold sow'd the world with ev'ry ill,
          Gold taught the murderer's sword to kill;
            'Twas gold instructed coward hearts
              In treachery's more pernicious arts.
      - [Gold]

Out of mind, when out of view.
      - [Proverbs]


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