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Friendship like love is but a name,
Unless to one you stint the flame.
The child, whom many fathers share,
Hath seldom known a father's care.
'Tis thus in friendships; who depend
On many, rarely find a friend.

When a lady's in the case,

Fable 50.

You know all other things give place.


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If the heart of a man is depress'd with cares,
The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears.
Act II.

Scene 1.

Brother, brother, we are both in the wrong.
Act II.

Scene 2.

How happy could I be with either,

Were t'other dear charmer away.


So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,
The dreadful reckoning; and men smile no more.
The What D' Ye Call it.*
Act II.
Scene 9.

Life's a jest, and all things show it;

I thought so once, and now I know it.

Epitaph on himself.

* This was a sort of mock tragedy, called in the dramatic phraseology of the day in which it was written, "A Tragi-comi-Pastoral;" it obtained considerable celebrity on its representation, though totally unfit for the stage in our day. Gay's most successful effort as a dramatist was the Beggar's Opera, which was accepted and produced by Rich, then manager of Covent Garden Theatre; the great 66 run "it had caused a wit of the day to remark, that it made Gay rich and Rich gay.

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He mouths a sentence as curs mouth a bone.*

Line 322.

To copy beauties forfeits all pretence
To fame ;-to copy faults is want of sense.

Lines 457, 458.

If manly sense; if nature link'd with art;
If thorough knowledge of the human heart;
If powers of acting vast and unconfin'd;

If fewest faults with greatest beauties join'd;
If strong expression, and strange powers which lie
Within the magic circle of the eye;

If feelings which few hearts, like his, can know,

*This line, which we sometimes hear quoted as illustrating a peculiar style of oratory, refers to Davies, an actor of some note, contemporary with Churchill.

And which no face so well as his can show,
Deserve the preference; Garrick! take the chair,
Nor quit it till thou place an equal there.*

Lines 1081-1090.

Men the most infamous are fond of fame ;
And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.

The Author. Lines 233, 234.

Authors alone, with more than savage rage,

Unnatural war with brother authors wage.

The Apology. Lines 27, 28.

* These, the concluding lines of the Rosciad, are the well-known encomium on David Garrick.



She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam'd upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent

To be a moment's ornament.

Poems of the Imagination.

I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous boy,
The sleepless Soul that perish'd in his pride.
Of him who walk'd in glory and in joy
Following his plough along the mountain side.
Poems of the Imagination.
Resolution and Independence.

A famous man is Robin Hood,
The English ballad-singer's joy!
And Scotland has a thief as good,
An outlaw of as daring mood;
She has her brave Rob Roy.

Rob Roy's Grave.

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