John Gay

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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.

Early Life

Gay was born in Barnstaple, England and was educated at the town's grammar school. On leaving ...

John Gay Poems

Fable L: The Hare And Many Friends

Friendship, as love, is but a name,
Save in a concentrated flame;
And thus, in friendships, who depend
On more than one, find not one friend.

Ode To Adversity

Daughter of Heav'n, relentless pow'r,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge, and tort'ring hour,

An Elegy On A Lap-Dog

1 Shock's fate I mourn; poor Shock is now no more,
2 Ye Muses mourn, ye chamber-maids deplore.
3 Unhappy Shock! yet more unhappy fair,
4 Doom'd to survive thy joy and only care!

Sweet William's Farewell To Black-Ey'D Susan: A Ballad

1 All in the Downs the fleet was moor'd,
2 The streamers waving in the wind,
3 When black-ey'd Susan came aboard.
4 Oh! where shall I my true love find!

Trivia; Or, The Art Of Walking The Streets Of London (Excer

Thus far the Muse has trac'd in useful lays
The proper implements for wintry ways;
Has taught the walker, with judicious eyes,
To read the various warnings of the skies.

John Gay Quotes

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out.

11 November 2014

Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!

11 November 2014

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.

11 November 2014

Can you support the expense of a husband, hussy, in gaming, drinking and whoring? Have you money enough to carry on the daily quarrels of man and wife about who shall squander most?

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A linear composition and the triad of a monologue, then the elements may function if the Good Ahura Mazda exists for others.

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urmomlel 26 March 2018

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* Sunprincess * 30 June 2014

...............happy birthday john gay.....enjoyed your poems....

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