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EDWARD MOORE
English fabulist, dramatist and litterateur
(1712 - 1757)

Honesty needs no pains to set itself off.
      - [Honesty]

So shall they build me altars in their zeal,
  Where knaves shall minister, and fools shall kneel:
    Where faith may mutter o'er her mystic spell,
      Written in blood--and Bigotry may swell
        The sail he spreads for Heav'n with blasts from hell!
      - Lalla Rookh--Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
        [Worship]

The maid who modesty conceals
  Her beauties, while she hides, reveals:
    Gives but a glimpse, and fancy draws
      Whate'er the Grecian Venus was.
      - Spider and the Bee (fable X) [Beauty]

Can't I another's face commend,
  Or to her virtues be a friend,
    But instantly your forehead louers,
      As if her merit lessen'd yours?
      - The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat
         (fable 9, l. 5) [Jealousy]

Oh, this pernicious vice of gaming!
      - The Gamester (act I, sc. 1) [Gambling]

I'll tell thee what it says; it calls me villain, a treacherous husband, a cruel father, a false brother; one lost to nature and her charities; or to say all in one short word, it calls me--Gamester.
      - The Gamester (act II, sc. 1) [Gambling]

I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
      - The Gamester (act II, sc. 2) [Wealth]

'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them.
      - The Gamester (act III, sc. 4) [Youth]

Ay, rail at gaming--'tis a rich topic, and affords noble declamation. Go, preach against it in the city--you'll find a congregation in every tavern.
      - The Gamester (act IV, sc. 1) [Gambling]

Time, still as he flies, adds increase to her truth,
  And gives to her mind what he steals from her youth.
      - The Happy Marriage [Time]

But from the hoop's bewitching round,
  He very shoe has power to wound.
      - The Spider and the Bee--Fable X (l. 29)
        [Shoemaking]


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