Edward Moore

English dramatist and writer

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


  • Time still, as he flies, brings increase to her truth,
    And gives to her mind what he steals from her youth.
    • "Song x" (c. 1750s), St. 4; (Poetical Works of Edward Moore, London: Cawthorn, 1797), p. 172
  • But 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), p. 174.

Fables for the Female Sex (1744)

Fables for the Female Sex (London: R. Francklin, 1744)
  • Can’t I another’s face commend,
    And to her virtues be a friend,
    But instantly your forehead lours,
    As if her merit lessen’d yours?
    • Fable ix: "The Farmer, the Spaniel, and the Cat", p. 55.
  • The maid who modestly conceals
    Her beauties, while she hides, reveals;
    Give but a glimpse, and fancy draws
    Whate’er the Grecian Venus was.
    • Fable x: "The Spider and the Bee", p. 62.
  • But from the hoop’s bewitching round,
    Her very shoe has power to wound.
    • Fable x: "The Spider and the Bee", p. 63.

The Gamester (1753)

  • I'll tell thee what it [the world] says: it calls me a villain: a treacherous husband; a cruel father; a false brother; one lost to nature and her charities; or, to say all in one short word, it calls me—gamester.
    • Act ii, Sc. 1.
  • I am rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
    • 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.
  • ’Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropt the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them.
    • Act iii. Sc. 4.


  • Labour for his pains.
    • Attributed to Moore in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and elsewhere, but actually from William Wilkie's "The Boy and the Rainbow", line 78, in his book Fables (London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1768) , p. 45.
    • Compare: "I have had my labour for my travail", William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act i., Sc. !.
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