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Fable, The Painter who pleased Nobody and Everybody. - Fables (1727)
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Fable, The Sick Man and the Angel. - Fables (1727)
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VI, The Squire and His Cur. - Fables (1727)
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XI, The Packhorse and Carrier. - Fables (1727)
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Act I, scene i. Compare: O'er the hills and far away, D'Urfey, Pills to purge Melancholy (1628–1723). - The Beggar's Opera (1728)


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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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Sound is naught but broken air, And every speech that is spoken, Loud or privily, foul or fair, In its substance is but air; For as flame is but lighted smoke, So sound is air that is broken.

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