How happy could I be with either, Were t'other dear charmer away!
John Gay (1685 - 1732)
Source: The Beggar's Opera, 1728
Contributed by: Zaady
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
Life is a jest, and all things show it; I thought so once, but now I know it.
Source: My own Epitaph.
My lodging is on the cold ground, And hard, very hard, is my fare, But that which grieves me more Is the coldness of my dear.
Source: My Lodging Is on the Cold Ground, 1720
If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
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