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JOHN GAY
English poet and dramatist
(1685 - 1732)
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Where the brass knocker, wrapt in flannel band,
  Forbids the thunder of the footman's hand,
    The' upholder, rueful harbinger of death,
      Waits with impatience for the dying breath.
      - Trivia (bk. II, l. 467) [Death]

With thee conversing I forget the way.
      - Trivia (bk. II, l. 480) [Conversation]

Walkers at leisure learning's flowers may spoil
  Nor watch the wasting of the midnight oil.
      - Trivia (bk. II, l. 558) [Learning]

Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.
      - Trivia (bk. III) [Moon]

What will not luxury taste? Earth, sea, and air,
  Are daily ransack'd for the bill of fare.
    Blood stuffed in skins is British Christians' food,
      And France robs marshes of the croaking brood.
      - Trivia (bk. III, l. 199) [Eating]

Why is the hearse with scutcheons blazon'd round,
  And with the nodding plume of ostrich crown'd?
    No; the dead know it not, nor profit gain;
      It only serves to prove the living vain.
      - Trivia (bk. III, l. 231) [Undertakers]

How short life is! how frail is human trust!
      - Trivia (bk. III, l. 235) [Life]


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