The Poetical Works of John Gay, with a Memoir Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...great men's puppies do) Unless due court to him were shown, And both their face and business known: No honest tongue an audience found; He worried all the tenants round; For why? he liv'd in constant fear, Lest truth by chance should interfere. If any stranger dar'd intrude, The noisy Cur his heels pursued. Now fierce with rage, now struck with dread, At once he snarled, bit, and fled. Aloo1" he bays, with bristling hair, And thus in secret growls his fear: ' Who knows but Truth, in this disguise, May frustrate my best-guarded lies?, Should she (thus mask'd) admittance find, That very hour my ruin 's sign'd.' Now in his howl's continued sound, Their words were lost, the voice was drown'd. Ever in awe of honest tongues, Thus every day he strain'd his lungs., It happen'd, in ill-omen'd hour, That Yap, unmindful of his pow'r, Forsook his post, to love inclin'd; A favourite bitch was in the wind. By her seduc'd, in amorous play, They frisk'd the joyous hours away: Thus by untimely love pursuing, Like Antony he sought his ruin. For now the 'Squire, unvex'd with noise, An honest neighbour's chat enjoys: ' Be free, (says he) your mind impart; I love a friendly open heart. Methinks my tenants shun my gate; Why such a stranger grown of late? Pray tell me what offence they find: 'Tis plain they 're not so well inclin'd.' 'Turn off your Cur, (the Farmer cries) Who feeds your ear with daily lies.. His snarling insolence offends: 'Tis he that keeps you from your friends. Were but that saucy puppy checkt, You 'd find again the same respect. Hear only him, he 'll swear it too, ...
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