John Gay Quotes
''But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9.
''The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 10 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
''Can you support the expense of a husband, hussy, in gaming, drinking and whoring? Have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most?''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8.
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Fable L: The Hare And Many Friends
Friendship, as love, is but a name,
Save in a concentrated flame;
And thus, in friendships, who depend
On more than one, find not one friend.
A hare who, in a civil way,
Was not dissimilar to GAY,
Was well known never to offend,
And every creature was her friend.
As was her wont, at early dawn,
She issued to the dewy lawn;
When, from the wood and empty lair,
The cry of hounds fell on her ear.
She started at the frightful sounds,
And doubled to mislead the hounds;
Till, fainting with her beating heart,
She saw the horse, who fed apart.
An Elegy On A Lap-Dog
1 Shock's fate I mourn; poor Shock is now no more,
2 Ye Muses mourn, ye chamber-maids deplore.
3 Unhappy Shock! yet more unhappy fair,
4 Doom'd to survive thy joy and only care!
5 Thy wretched fingers now no more shall deck,
6 And tie the fav'rite ribbon round his neck;
7 No more thy hand shall smooth his glossy hair,
8 And comb the wavings of his pendent ear.
9 Yet cease thy flowing grief, forsaken maid;