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In beauty, faults conspicuous grow;
The smallest speck is seen on snow.
- Fable--The Peacock, Turkey and Goose
(l. 1) [Beauty]
One common fate we both must prove;
You die with envy, I with love.
- Fable--The Poet and Rose (l. 29) [Fate]
Cowards are cruel, but the brave
Love mercy, and delight to save.
- Fables (pt. I, fable 1) [Cowards]
Nor love, not honour, wealth nor pow'r,
Can give the heart a cheerful hour
When health is lost. Be timely wise;
With health all taste of pleasure flies.
- Fables (pt. I, fable 31) [Health]
Alas! you know the cause too well;
The salt is spilt, to me it fell.
Then to contribute to my loss,
My knife and fork were laid across;
On Friday, too! the day I dread;
Would I were safe at home, in bed!
Last night (I vow to Heaven 'tis true)
Bounce from the fire a coffin flew.
Next post some fatal news shall tell:
God send my Cornish friends be well!
- Fables (pt. I, fable 37) [Superstition]
How bless'd, how envied, were our life,
Could we but scape the poulterer's knife!
But man, curs'd man, on Turkeys preys,
And Christmas shortens all our days:
Sometimes with oysters we combine,
Sometimes assist the savory chine;
From the low peasant to the lord,
The Turkey smokes on every board.
- Fables (pt. I, fable 39) [Christmas]
I never, with important air,
In conversation overbear.
. . . .
My tongue within my lips I rein;
For who talks much must talk in vain.
- Fables (pt. I, introduction, l. 53)
Look round, the wrecks of play behold;
Estates dismember'd, mortgag'd, sold!
Their owners now to jails confin'd,
Show equal poverty of mind.
- Fables (pt. II, fable 12) [Gambling]
The prince who kept the world in awe,
The judge whose dictate fix'd the law;
The rich, the poor, the great, the small,
Are levell'd; death confounds 'em all.
- Fables (pt. II, fable 16) [Death]
When rogues like these (a sparrow cries)
To honours and employments rise,
I court no favor, ask no place,
For such preferment is disgrace.
- Fables (pt. II, fable 2) [Corruption]
Of all the fools that pride can boast,
A Coxcomb claims distinction most.
- Fables (pt. II, fable 5) [Foppery]
From wine what sudden friendship springs?
- Fables (pt. II, fable 6)
[Wine and Spirits]
Studious of elegance and ease.
- Fables (pt. II, no. 8) [Study]
Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign;
The post of honor shall be mine.
(pt. II, The Vulture, The Sparrow and other Birds)
In every age and clime we see,
Two of a trade can ne'er agree.
- Fables--Rat-Catcher and Cats (l. 43)
[Business : Proverbs]
Reproachful speech from either side
The want of argument supplied;
They rail, reviled; as often ends
The contests of disputing friends.
- Fables--Ravens--Sexton and Earth Worm
(pt. II, l. 117) [Argument]
Who hath not heard the rich complain
Of surfeits, and corporeal pain?
He barr'd from every use of wealth,
Envies the ploughman's strength and health.
- Fables--The Cookmaid, Turnspit, and Ox
That Raven on yon left-hand oak
(Curse on his ill-betiding croak)
Bodes me no good.
- Fables--The Farmer's Wife and the Raven
A lost good name is ne'er retriev'd.
- Fables--The Fox at the Point of Death
(l. 46) [Reputation]
And when a lady's in the case,
You know all other things give place.
- Fables--The Hare and Many Friends (l. 41)
Those who in quarrels interpose,
Must often wipe a bloody nose.
- Fables--The Mastiffs (l. 1) [Quarreling]
By outward show let's not be cheated;
An ass should like an ass be treated.
- Fables--The Packhorse and Carrier
(pt. II, l. 99) [Appearance]
Remote from cities liv'd a Swain,
Unvex'd with all the cares of gain;
His head was silver'd o'er with age,
And long experience made him sage.
- Fables--The Shepherd and the Philosopher
(part I) [Age]
From kings to cobblers 'tis the same;
Bad servants wound their masters' fame.
- Fables--The Squire and his Cur (pt. II)
Envy's a sharper spur than pay:
No author ever spar'd a brother;
Wits are gamecocks to one another.
- Fables-The Elephant and the Bookseller
(pt. I, fable 10, l. 74) [Authorship : Envy]
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