HE THAT TASTES WOMAN
by: John Gay (1685-1732)
- AN may escape from rope and gun;
- Nay, some have out-liv'd the doctor's pill;
- Who takes a woman must be undone,
- That basilisk is sure to kill.
- The fly that sips treacle is lost in the sweets,
- So he that tastes woman, woman, woman,
- He that tastes woman, ruin meets.
POEMS BY JOHN GAY
"He that Tastes Woman"
is reprinted from The Beggar's Opera. John Gay. New York:
Doubleday, Page and Company, 1921.