The Poetical Works of John Gay, with a Memoir Volume 2

The Poetical Works of John Gay, with a Memoir Volume 2

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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: ...dreams away in bed: And round her wait shocks, monkeys, and macaws, To fill the place of fops and perjur'd beans. In these she views the mimicry of man, And smiles when grinning Pug gallants her fan; When Poll repeats, the sounds deceive her car, For sounds, like his, once told her Damon's care. With these alone her tedious mornings pass, Or at _the dumb devotion of her glass She smooths her brow, and frizzles forth her hairs, -And fancies youthful dress gives youthful airs; With crimson wool she fixes every grace, That not a blush can discompose her face. Reclin'd upon her arm she pensive sate, nd curs'd the inconstancy of youth, too late. 60 Youth! 0 spring of life! for ever lost! No more my name shall reign the favourite toast; iOn glass no more the diamond grave my name, _And rhymes misspell'd record a lover's flame: Nor shall sideboxes watch my restless eyes, 4And, as they catch the glance, in rows arise lWith humble bows; nor white-glov'd beans 1 encroach, 'LIn crowds behind, to guard me to my coach. Ah! hapless nymph! such conquests are no more, For Chloe 's now what Lydia was before! ' 'Tis true this Chloe boasts the peach's bloom; But does her nearer whisper breathe perfume? I own her taper shape is form'd to please; Yet if you saw her unconfin'd by stays, She doubly to fifteen may make pretence, Alike we read it in her face and sense. Her reputation! but that never yet Could check the freedoms of a young coquette. Why will ye then, vain fops! her eyes believe? Her eyes can, like your pe1jur'd tongues, deceive. 'What shall I do? how spend the hateful day? At chapel shall I wear the mor n away? Who there frequents at these unmodish...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808827
  • 9781236808820