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The Three Warnings: Mrs. Thrale The Three Warnings: Mrs. Thrale

The Three Warnings: Mrs. Thrale
The tree of deepest root is bound With most tenacity to earth; 'Twas therefore thought by ancient sages, That with the ills of life's last stages The love of life increased, with dearth Of fibres rooting it to ground. It was young Dobson's wedding-day, Death summoned him, the happy groom, Into a sombre private room, From marriage revelries away; And, looking very grave,... Poems - Post by : guitara - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 3160

The Magpie And Her Brood The Magpie And Her Brood

The Magpie And Her Brood
From the Tales of Bonaventura des Periers, Servant to Marguerite of Valois, Queen of Navarre. By HORACE LORD ORFORD. How anxious is the pensive parents' thought, How blest the lot of fondlings, early taught; Joy strings her hours on pleasure's golden twine, And fancy forms it to an endless line. But ah! the charm must cease, or soon or late, When chicks and misses rise to woman's state; The little tyrant grows in turn a slave, And... Poems - Post by : chili - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 3550

The Raven, Sexton, And Worm The Raven, Sexton, And Worm

The Raven, Sexton, And Worm
(_To Laura._) My Laura, your rebukes are prudish; For although flattery is rudish, Yet deference, not more than just, May be received without disgust. Am I a privilege denied Assumed by every tongue beside? And are you, fair and feminine, Prone to reject a verse benign? And is it an offence to tell A fact which all mankind knows well? Or with a poet's hand to trace... Poems - Post by : Ibiobiz - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 3382

Cookmaid, Turnspit, And Ox Cookmaid, Turnspit, And Ox

Cookmaid, Turnspit, And Ox
(_To a Poor Man._) Consider man in every sphere, Then answer,--Is your lot severe? Is God unjust? You would be fed: I grant you have to toil for bread. Your wants are plainly to you known, So every mortal feels his own; Nor would I dare to say I knew, 'Midst men, one happier man than you. Adam in Paradise was lone; With Eve was first transgression known;... Poems - Post by : brettslane - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1431

Owl, Swan, Cock, Spider, Ass, And Farmer Owl, Swan, Cock, Spider, Ass, And Farmer

Owl, Swan, Cock, Spider, Ass, And Farmer
(_To a Mother._) Yes, I have seen your eyes maternal Beam, as beam forth the stars eternal, Intercommuning of your joys-- Sayings and doings of your boys. Nature, in body and in mind, Has been to them profusely kind; It now remains to do your part, To sow good morals in the heart. None other, as a mother can, Can form and educate the man. Perhaps now you... Poems - Post by : lounorco - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2425

Plutus, Cupid, And Time Plutus, Cupid, And Time

Plutus, Cupid, And Time
Of all the burthens mortals bear _Time_ is most galling and severe; Beneath his grievous load oppressed We daily meet a man distressed: "I've breakfasted, and what to do I do not know; we dine at two." He takes a pamphlet or the papers, But neither can dispel his vapours; He raps his snuff-box, hums an air, He lolls, or changes now his chair, He sips his tea, or bites his... Poems - Post by : chrisball - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1538

Pan And Fortune Pan And Fortune

Pan And Fortune
(_To a Young Heir._) No sooner was thy father's death Proclaimed to some, with bated breath, Than every gambler was agog To win your rents and gorge your prog. One counted how much income clear You had in "ready"--by the year. Another cast his eyelid dark Over the mansion and the park. Some weighed the jewels and the plate, And all the unentailed estate: So much in land... Poems - Post by : sander4 - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1117

The Pack-horse And The Carrier The Pack-horse And The Carrier

The Pack-horse And The Carrier
(_To a Young Nobleman._) Begin, my lord, in early youth, To bear with, nay encourage, truth. And blame me not, for disrespect, That I the flatterer's style reject. Let Virtue be your first pursuit; Is not the tree known by its fruit? Set your great ancestry in view; Honour the title from them due. Assert that you are nobly born, Viewing ignoble things with scorn. My lord, your... Poems - Post by : Gizmo - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1242

The Degenerate Bees The Degenerate Bees

The Degenerate Bees
(_To Dean Swift._) Though courts the practice disallow, I ne'er a friend will disavow: It may be very wrong to know him, And very prudent to forego him; 'Tis said that prudence changes friends Oft as it suits one's private ends. Ah, Dean! and you have many foes, Behind, before, beneath your nose, And fellows very high in station. Of high and low denomination, Who dread you with... Poems - Post by : eeconsults - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 3064

The Jackall, Leopard, And Beasts The Jackall, Leopard, And Beasts

The Jackall, Leopard, And Beasts
(_To a Modern Politician._) I grant these facts: corruption sways, Self-interest does pervert man's ways; That bribes do blind; that present crimes Do equal those of former times: Can I against plain facts engage To vindicate the present age? I know that bribes in modern palm Can nobler energies encalm; That where such argument exists There itching is in modern fists. And hence you hold that politicians... Poems - Post by : Shawna - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2066

Man, Cat, Dog, And Fly Man, Cat, Dog, And Fly

Man, Cat, Dog, And Fly
(_To my Native Land._) My native land, whose fertile ground Neptune and Amphitrite bound,-- Britain, of trade the chosen mart, The seat of industry and art,-- May never luxury or minister Cast over thee a mantle sinister! Still let thy fleet and cannon's roar Affright thy foes and guard thy shore. When Continental States contend, Be thou to them a common friend. Imperial rule may sway their land;... Poems - Post by : xsitepro - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 907

The Countryman And Jupiter The Countryman And Jupiter

The Countryman And Jupiter
(_To myself._) NOSCE TEIPSUM: look and spy, Have you a friend so fond as I? Have you a fault, to mankind known, Not hidden unto eyes your own? When airy castles you importune, Down falling, by the breath of Fortune, Did I e'er doubt you should inherit, If Fortune's wheel devolved on merit? It was not so; for Fortune's frown Still perseveres to hold you down. Then let... Poems - Post by : bldallas - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2894

Squire And Cur Squire And Cur

Squire And Cur
(_To a Country Gentleman._) Man, with integrity of heart, Disdains to play a double part: He bears a moral coat of mail, When envy snarls and slanders rail. From virtue's shield the shafts resound, And his light shines in freedom round. If in his country's cause he rise, Unbribed, unawed, he will advise; Will fear no ministerial frown, Neither will clamour put him down. But if you play... Poems - Post by : agolbin - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2127

The Bear In A Boat The Bear In A Boat

The Bear In A Boat
(_To a Coxcomb._) Ah! my dear fellow, write the motto NOSCE TEIPSUM o'er your grotto; For he must daily wiser grow, Determined his own scope to know. He never launches from the shore Without the compass, sail, and oar. He, ere he builds, computes the costs; And, ere he fights, reviews the hosts. He safely walks within the fence, And reason takes from common sense: Pride and presumption... Poems - Post by : webdaz - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1609

Ant In Office Ant In Office

Ant In Office
You tell me that my verse is rough, And to do mischief like enough; Bid me eschew, in honest rhymes, Follies of countries and crimes. You ask me if I ever knew Court chaplains thus lawn sleeves pursue? I meddle not with gown or lawn; I, therefore, have no need to fawn. If they must soothe a patron's ear, Not I--I was not born to bear; All base conditions I refuse,... Poems - Post by : phillipstoyota - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1906

Ape And Poultry Ape And Poultry

Ape And Poultry
Esteem is frequently misplaced, Where she may even stand disgraced; We must allow to wealth and birth Precedence, which is due on earth: But our esteem is only due Unto the worth of man and virtue. Around an ancient pedigree There is a halo fair to see, With "unwrung withers" we afford Our salutation to milord, As due unto his ancient house, Albeit his lordship be a chouse.... Poems - Post by : winwayne - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1778

Vulture, Sparrow, And Birds Vulture, Sparrow, And Birds

Vulture, Sparrow, And Birds
Ere I begin I must premise Our ministers are good and wise: Therefore if tongues malicious fly, Or what care they, or what care I? If I am free with courts, and skittish, I ne'er presume to mean the British: I meddle with no state affairs, But spare my jest and save my ears; And our court schemes are too profound For Machiavel himself to sound. A captious fool may feel... Poems - Post by : Austin - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2161

Dog And Fox Dog And Fox

Dog And Fox
(_To a Lawyer._) My friend, the sophisticated tongue Of lawyers can turn right to wrong; And language, by your skill made pliant, Can save an undeserving client. Is it the fee directs the sense To injure injured innocence? Or can you, with a double face Like Janus's, mistate a case? Is scepticism your profession, And justice absent from your session? And is, e'en so, the bar supplied,... Poems - Post by : bswan - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1423

Hare And Many Friends Hare And Many Friends

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,... Poems - Post by : philozzy - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 2341

Man And Flea Man And Flea

Man And Flea
Nothing, methinks, is to be seen On earth that does not overween. Doth not the hawk, from high, survey The fowls as destined for his prey? And do not Caesars, and such things, Deem men were born to slave for kings? The crab, amidst the golden sands Of Tagus, or on pearl-strewn strands, Or in the coral-grove marine, Thinks hers each gem of ray serene. The snail, 'midst bordering pinks and... Poems - Post by : ngangoli - Date : May 2011 - Author : John Gay - Read : 1643