Friday, 16 September 2016

John Gay's baptism ...

John Gay
Baptised: September 16th, (but actually born June 30th), 1685) - Barnstaple, U.K.
(Birthdays were not generally celebrated in the 17th century.
Some people marked the anniversary of their baptism, as the day of their birth as a Christian.)
Died: December 4th, 1732 - London, U.K.


I hate the man who builds his name
On ruins of another's fame.
Thus prudes, by characters o'erthrown,
Imagine that they raise their own.
Thus Scribblers, covetous of praise,
Think slander can transplant the bays.
Fools may our scorn, not envy raise,
For envy is a kind of praise.
- Fables

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.  - The What D'ye Call It

Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
- The Beggar's Opera

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