John Gay

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

John Gay Quotes

  • ''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.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9.
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  • ''The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist, poet. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 10 (1728), ed. F.W. Bateson (1934).
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  • ''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?''
    John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8.
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Best Poem of John Gay

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!
5 Thy wretched fingers now no more shall deck,
6 And tie the fav'rite ribbon round his neck;
7 No more thy hand shall smooth his glossy hair,
8 And comb the wavings of his pendent ear.
9 Yet cease thy flowing grief, forsaken maid;
10 All mortal pleasures in a moment fade:
11 Our surest hope is in an hour destroy'd,
12 And love, best gift of ...

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Acis And Galatea

Air.
Love in her eyes sits playing,
And sheds delicious death;
Love on her lips is straying,
And warbling in her breath;
Love on her breast sits panting,
And swells with soft desire;
Nor grace nor charm is wanting
To set the heart on fire.