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Friendship like love is but a name,
When a lady's in the case,
You know all other things give place.
THE BEGGAR'S OPERA.
If the heart of a man is depress'd with cares,
Brother, brother, we are both in the wrong.
How happy could I be with either,
Were t'other dear charmer away.
So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,
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.
To copy beauties forfeits all pretence
Lines 457, 458.
If manly sense; if nature link'd with art;
If fewest faults with greatest beauties join'd;
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,
Men the most infamous are fond of fame ;
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
To be a moment's ornament.
Poems of the Imagination.
I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous boy,
A famous man is Robin Hood,
Rob Roy's Grave.