Edward Moore

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Edward Moore (March 22, 1712March 1, 1757) was an English dramatist and miscellaneous writer, the son of a dissenting minister, born at Abingdon, Berkshire.


  • I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
    • The Gamester (1753), Act ii. Sc. 2. Compare: "The potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice", Samuel Johnson, in Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. viii. Chap. ii.
  • ’T is now the summer of your youth. Time has not cropt the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them.
    • The Gamester (1753), Act iii. Sc. 4.
  • Beauty has wings, and too hastily flies,
    And love, unrewarded, soon sickens and dies.
    • "Song XII" (c. 1750s), St. 3; (Poetical Works of Edward Moore, London: Cawthorn, 1797).

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)[edit]

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Can’t I another’s face commend,
    And to her virtues be a friend,
    But instantly your forehead lowers,
    As if her merit lessen’d yours?
    • The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat. Fable ix.
  • The maid who modestly conceals
    Her beauties, while she hides, reveals;
    Give but a glimpse, and fancy draws
    Whate’er the Grecian Venus was.
    • The Spider and the Bee. Fable x.
  • But from the hoop’s bewitching round,
    Her very shoe has power to wound.
    • The Spider and the Bee. Fable x.
  • Time still, as he flies, brings increase to her truth,
    And gives to her mind what he steals from her youth.
    • The Happy Marriage.
  • Labour for his pains.
    • The Boy and the Rainbow. Compare: "I have had my labour for my travail", William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act i., Sc. 1.

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