John Gay (30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732 / Barnstaple, England)
John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.
Gay was born in Barnstaple, England and was educated at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but being weary, according to Samuel Johnson, "of either the restraint or the servility of his occupation", he soon returned to Barnstaple, where he was educated by his uncle, the Rev. John Hanmer, the Nonconformist ... more »
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- A Ballad
- Acis and Galatea
- An Elegy on a Lap-dog
- Fable L: The Hare and Many Friends
- Fable XLII. The Juggler
- HE THAT TASTES WOMAN
- IF LAWYER'S HAND IS FEE'D
- If the Heart of a Man
- Ode to Adversity
- Rural Sports: A Georgic - Canto I.
- Rural Sports: A Georgic - Canto II.
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O ruddier than the cherry,John Gay (1685-1732), British poet. Acis and Galatea (l. 1-10). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Ox...
O sweeter than the berry,
O Nymph more bright
Than moonshine night,
Like kidlings blithe and merry.
Ripe as the melting cluster,
''Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lockit, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 2.
''But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed,John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lucy, in The Beggar's Opera, act 3, sc. 1, air 41.
That I languished and pined till I granted the rest.''
''Sure men were born to lie, and women to believe them!''John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Lucy, in The Beggar's Opera, act 2, sc. 13.