When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.
John Gay (1685 - 1732)
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Elephant and the Bookseller
Contributed by: Zaady
The brave love mercy, and delight to save.
The charge is prepar'd, the lawyers are met, The judges all ranged,-a terrible show!
Source: The Beggar's Opera. Act iii. Sc. 2.
How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!
Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728
Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night.
Source: Trivia, book iii.
Adieu! she cries; and waved her lily hand.
Source: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, 1720
All in the Downs the fleet was moored.
An open foe may prove a curse, But a pretended friend is worse.
Those who in quarrels interpose Must often wipe a bloody nose.
Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Mastics
A fox may steal your hens, sir . . . . If lawyer's hand is fee'd, sir He steals your whole estate.
Source: The Beggar’s Opera
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