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John Gay

'Twas when the seas were roaring With hollow blasts of wind, A damsel lay deploring, All on a rock reclined.
John Gay sea
So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,— The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more.
John Gay men
My lodging is on the cold ground, And hard, very hard, is my fare, But that which grieves me more Is the coldness of my dear.
John Gay
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who’ve no retreat.
John Gay die
Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; and now I know it.
John Gay thought
All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd.
John Gay
Adieu, she cried, and waved her lily hand.
John Gay die
Remote from cities liv'd a swain, Unvex'd with all the cares of gain; His head was silver'd o'er with age, And long experience made him sage.
John Gay experience
Whence thy learning? Hath thy toil O'er books consumed the midnight oil?
John Gay books
Where yet was ever found a mother Who'd give her booby for another?
John Gay mother
When we risk no contradiction, It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
John Gay fiction
No author ever spar'd a brother.
John Gay author
In beauty faults conspicuous grow; The smallest speck is seen on snow.
John Gay beauty
A Wolf eats sheep but now and then; Ten thousands are devour'd by men. An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretend friend is worse.
John Gay men
In every age and clime we see Two of a trade can never agree.
John Gay age
Those who in quarrels intepose Must often wipe a bloody nose.
John Gay blood
I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame. Thus prudes, by characters o'erthrown, Imagine that they raise their own. Thus Scribblers, covetous of praise, Thinkcan transplant the bays.
John Gay hate
And when a lady's in the case, You know all other things give place.
John Gay you
Love, then, hath every bliss in store; 'Tis friendship, and 'tis something more. Each other every wish they give; Not to know love is not to live.
John Gay love
Lest men suspect your tale untrue, Keep probability in view.
John Gay men
Is there no hope? the sick man said; The silent doctor shook his head.
John Gay hope
While there is life there 's hope, he cried.
John Gay life
Thaton yon left-hand oak (Curse on his ill-betiding croak!) Bodes me no good.
John Gay good
From wine what sudden friendship springs!
John Gay friendship
By outward show let's not be cheated; An ass should like an ass be treated.
John Gay war
Give me, kind Heaven, a private station, A mind serene for contemplation: Title and profit I resign; The post of honour shall be mine.
John Gay mind
Through all the Employments of Life Each Neighbour abuses his Brother; Whore and Rogue they call Husband and Wife: All Professions be-rogue one another: The Priest calls the Lawyer a Cheat, The Lawyer be-knaves the Divine: And the Statesman, because he's so great, Thinks his Trade as honest as mine.
John Gay men
'T is woman that seduces all mankind; By her we first were taught the wheedling arts.
John Gay art
Over the hills and far away.
John Gay
You know, my Dear, I never meddle in matters of Death; I always leave those Affairs to you. Women indeed are bitter bad Judges in these cases, for they are so partial to the Brave that they think every Man handsome who is going to the Camp or the Gallows.
John Gay art
How the mother is to be pitied who hath handsome daughters! Locks, bolts, bars, and lectures of morality are nothing to them: they break through them all. They have as much pleasure in cheating a father and mother, as in cheating at cards.
John Gay morality
Do you think your Mother and I should have liv'd comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married?
John Gay you
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? There are not many husbands and wives, who can bear the charges of plaguing one another in a handsome way.
John Gay money
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, By keeping men off, you keep them on.
John Gay men
Were I laid on Greenland’s Coast, And in my Arms embrac’d my Lass; Warm amidst eternal Frost, Too soon the Half Year’s Night would pass.
John Gay war
Macheath: And I would love you all the day,Polly: Every night would kiss and play,Macheath: If with me you’d fondly strayPolly: Over the hills and far away.
John Gay love
Fill ev'ry glass, for wine inspires us, And fires us With courage, love and joy. Women and wine should life employ. Is there ought else on earth desirous?
John Gay love
The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets.
John Gay sweet
Brother, brother! we are both in the wrong.
John Gay wrong
How happy could I be with either, Were t' other dear charmer away!
John Gay happy
If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears; Like the notes of a fiddle, she sweetly, sweetly Raises the spirits, and charms our ears.
John Gay art
I must have women—there is nothing unbends the mind like them.
John Gay women
Youth's the season made for joys, Love is then our duty.
John Gay joy
Before the Barn-Door crowing, The Cock by Hens attended, His Eyes around him throwing, Stands for a while suspended: Then One he singles from the Crew, And cheers the happy Hen; With how do you do, and how do you do, And how do you do again.
John Gay sin
Man may escape from rope and gun; Nay, some have outlived the doctor's pill: Who takes a woman must be undone, That basilisk is sure to kill. The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets, So he that tastes woman, woman, woman, He that tastes woman, ruin meets.
John Gay man
You base man you,—how can you look me in the face after what hath passed between us?—See here, perfidious wretch, how I am forc'd to bear about the load of infamy you have laid upon me— -O Macheath! thou hast robb'd me of my quiet—to see thee tortur'd would give me pleasure.
John Gay man
Sure men were born to lie, and women to believe them!
John Gay women
How happy I am, if you say this from your heart! For I love thee so, that I could sooner bear to see thee hang'd than in the Arms of another.
John Gay love
If love be not his Guide, He never will come back!
John Gay love
The charge is prepar'd, the lawyers are met, The judges all ranged,—a terrible show!
John Gay law
Fill it up. I take as large draughts of liquor as I did of love. I hate a flincher in either.
John Gay love
I don't enquire after your Affairs-- --so whatever happens, I wash my hands on't---- It hath always been my Maxim, that one Friend should assist another-- --But if you please----I'll take one of the Scarfs home with me. 'Tis always good to have something in Hand.
John Gay hate
The charge is prepared; the lawyers are met; The judges all ranged (a terrible show!) I go, undismay'd.—For death is a debt, A debt on demand.—So take what I owe.
John Gay death
Shadow owes its birth to light.
John Gay light
We only part to meet again.
John Gay art
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
John Gay
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
John Gay friend
Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
John Gay love
There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self.
John Gay self
Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.
John Gay man
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.
John Gay love
A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.
John Gay world
But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest.
John Gay kiss
What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
John Gay love
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who've no retreat.
John Gay die
She who has never loved has never lived.
John Gay love
On the choice of friends, Our good or evil name depends.
John Gay friends
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
John Gay blood
Fools may our scorn, not envy, raise. For envy is a kind of praise.
John Gay praise
The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
John Gay hope
The brave love mercy, and delight to save.
John Gay love
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 art
I must have women - there is nothing unbends the mind like them.
John Gay women
O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.
John Gay men

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