Elegant edition of fables by John Gay, with the life of the author

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Page 105 - We were all, at the first night of it, in great uncertainty of the event ; till we were very much encouraged by overhearing the Duke of Argyle, who sat in the next box to us, say, ' It will do it must do ! I see it in the eyes of them.
Page 102 - will make you sure of a clean shirt and a shoulder of mutton every day." This counsel was rejected : the profit and principal were lost, and Gay sunk under the calamity so low that his life became in danger.
Page 6 - By stealth invade my neighbour's right. Rapacious animals we hate : Kites, hawks, and wolves deserve their fate. Do not we just abhorrence find Against the toad and serpent kind ? But envy, calumny, and spite, Bear stronger venom in their bite. Thus every object of creation Can furnish hints to contemplation ; And from the most minute and mean, A virtuous mind can morals glean.
Page 20 - He wrings his hands, he beats his breast; By conscience stung he wildly stares, And thus his guilty soul declares : " Had the deep earth her stores confin'd, This heart had known sweet peace of mind.
Page 53 - Might well a Raphael's hand require, To give them all the native fire; The features, fraught with sense and wit, You'll grant are very hard to hit; But yet with patience you shall view, As much as paint and art can do.' Observe the work. My Lord replied, ; Till now I thought my mouth was wide ; Besides, my nose is somewhat long; Dear sir, for me, 'tis far too young ! ' ' Oh ! pardon me, (the artist cried) In this we Painters must decide. The piece ev'n common eyes must strike, I warrant it extremely...
Page 4 - I ne'er the paths of learning try 'd; Nor have I roam'd in foreign parts To read mankind, their laws and arts; For man. is practis'd in disguise, He cheats the most discerning eyes ; Who by that search shall wiser grow, When we ourselves...
Page 105 - This was a good while before the first act was over, and so gave us ease soon ; for...
Page 45 - With head and tongue assist mankind : Each, aiming at one common end, Proves to the -whole a needful friend. Thus, born each other's useful aid, By turns are obligations paid. The monarch, when his...
Page 106 - ... person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became all at once the favourite of the town; her pictures were engraved, and sold in great numbers; her Life written, books of letters and verses to her published, and pamphlets made even of her sayings and jests. Furthermore, it drove out of England (for that season) the Italian Opera, which had carried all before it for ten years.

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