John Gay

(30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732 / Barnstaple, England)

Songs from The Beggar’s Opera: Air XXVII-“Green Sleeves”


Since laws were made, for every degree,
To curb vice in others, as well as me,
I wonder we han’t better company
Upon Tyburn tree.
But gold from law can take out the sting;
And if rich men, like us, were to swing,
’Twould thin the land, such numbers to string
Upon Tyburn tree.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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  • Freshman - 1,611 Points Laura Burns (8/31/2014 4:28:00 PM)

    Easy to see from a song like this how Bertolt Brecht was able to get inspiration for The Threepenny Opera from Gay's work (Report) Reply

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