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John Gay
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The works of Mr. John Gay: In four volumes. To which is added an account of the life and writings of the author ... (1770 edition)
John Gay
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My Own Epitaph, inscribed on Gay's monument in Westminster Abbey; also quoted as I thought so once; but now I know it.


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Born: June 30, 1685

Died: December 4, 1732 (aged 47)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Poet

Bio: John Gay was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera, a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

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In relation to God, we are like a thief who has burgled the house of a kindly householder and been allowed to keep some of the gold. From the point of view of the lawful owner this gold is a gift; Form the point of view of the burglar it is a theft. He must go and give it back. It is the same with our existence. We have stolen a little of God's being to make it ours. God has made us a gift of it. But we have stolen it. We must return it.

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