1720 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Anonymous, "Written in Mr. Gay's Works. Presented to a Lady in a very splendid Binding" 1720 ca.; Additions to the Works of Alexander Pope (1776) 1:108.



Sillier than Gildon could'st thou be,
Nay, did James Baker breathe in thee,
She'll keep thee, book, I'll lay my head:—
What! throw away a fool in red?
No: trust the sex's sacred rule,
The gaudy dress will save the fool.