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4336 Oliver Goldsmith 1730?-1774 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)
QUOTATION:Good people all, with one accord,
  Lament for Madam Blaize,
Who never wanted a good word
  From those who spoke her praise.
ATTRIBUTION:Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize. 1
Note 1.
Written in imitation of “Chanson sur le fameux La Palisse,” which is attributed to Bernard de la Monnoye:—

On dit que dans se amours
Il fut caressé des belles,
Qui le suivirent toujours,
Tant qu’il marcha devant elles
(They say that in his love affairs he was petted by beauties, who always followed him as long as he walked before them). [back]