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Fable Xlii. The Juggler

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A juggler long through all the town
Had raised his fortune and renown;
You'd think (so far his art transcends)
The devil at his fingers' ends.
Vice heard his fame, she read his bill;
Convinced of his inferior skill,
She sought his booth, and from the crowd
Defied the man of art aloud:
'Is this, then, he so famed for sleight?
Can this slow bungler cheat your sight!

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Susan Williams 10 November 2015

I have enjoyed reading John Gay. For one thing, he is remarkably easy to understand for a poet from the late 1600's and early 1700's. For another, he can be witty and fun or he can be romantic and thoughtful.

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