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JOHN GAY
English poet and dramatist
(1685 - 1732)
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Parents, to their offspring blind,
  Consult nor parts, nor turn of mind;
    But, ev'n in infancy, decree
      What this, what t'other son shall be.
      - [Parents]

Praise is only praise when well addressed.
      - [Praise]

Praising all alike, is praising none.
      - [Praise]

Pride is increased by ignorance; those assume the most who know the least.
      - [Pride]

Shadow owes its birth to light.
      - [Contrast]

She lik'd his soothing lutes, his presents more,
  And granted kisses, but would grant no more.
      - [Coquette]

Such is the country maiden's fright,
  When first a red-coat is in sight;
    Behind the door she hides her face;
      Next time at distance eyes the lace.
      - [Soldiers]

Sure men were born to lie, and women, to believe them.
      - [Lying]

Sweet as refreshing dews or summer showers,
  To the long parching thirst of drooping flowers;
    Grateful as fanning gales to fainting swains
      And soft as trickling balm to bleeding pains
        Such are thy words.
      - [Comfort]

That man must daily wiser grow,
  Whose search is bent himself to know.
      - [Self-knowledge]

The bloom of young desire and purple light of love.
      - [Blushes]

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
      - [Widows]

The coquettes of both sexes are self-lovers, and that is a love no other whatever can dispossess.
      - [Coquetry]

The glorious Author of the universe,
  Who reins the winds, gives the vast ocean bounds,
    And circumscribes the floating worlds their rounds!
      - [God]

The healthy huntsman, with a cheerful horn,
  Summons the dogs and greets the dappled Morn.
    The jocund thunder wakes the enliven'd hounds,
      They rouse from sleep, and answer sounds for sounds.
      - [Hunting]

The lion is beyond dispute
  Allow'd the most majestic brute;
    His valor and his generous mind
      Prove him superior of his kind.
      - [Lions]

The man to Jove his suit preferr'd;
  He begg'd a wife; his prayer was heard.
    Jove wonder'd at his bold addressing:
      For how precarious is the blessing!
      - [Wives]

The man who, with undaunted toils
  Sails unknown seas to unknown soils,
    With various wonders feasts his sight;
      What stranger wonders does he write!
        We read, and in description view
          Creatures which Adam never knew:
            For, when we risk no contradiction
              It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
      - [Travel]

The smallest speck is seen on snow.
      - [Purity]

The vain coquette each suit disdains,
  And glories in her lover's pains;
    With age she fades--each lover flies,
      Contemn'd, forlorn, she pines and dies.
      - [Coquette]

They most assume, who know the least.
      - [Ignorance]

Those, who in quarrels interpose,
  Must often wipe a bloody nose.
      - [Proverbs]

Thus, when the villain crams his chest,
  Gold is the canker of the breast;
    'Tis avarice, insolence, and pride,
      And every shocking vice beside:--
        But when to virtuous hands 'tis given,
          It blesses, like the dews of heaven:
            Like heaven, it hears the orphans' cries,
              And wipes the tears from widows' eyes.
      - [Gold]

Titles and profit I resign,
  The post of honor shall be mine.
      - [Titles]

To all apparent beauties blind,
  Each blemish strikes an envious mind.
      - [Envy]


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