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Poem by John Gay


Air. If Lawers Hand Is Feed


A fox may steal your hens, sir,
A whore your health and pence, sir,
Your daughter rob your chest, sir,
Your wife may steal your rest, sir,
A thief your goods and plate.

But this is all but picking,
With rest, pence, chest and chicken;
It ever was decreed, sir,
If lawyers hand is feed, sir,
He steals your whole estate.



John Gay


John Gay's other poems:
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  2. Revenge: or Fartherly Kindness
  3. To My Chair
  4. Fable
  5. To a Lady on Her Passion for Old China


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