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John Gay
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Lucy, Act II, sc. xiii. - The Beggar's Opera (1728)
John Gay
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Macheath, Act II, sc. xiii, air 35. - The Beggar's Opera (1728)
John Gay
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Lucy, Act II, sc. xv, air 40. - The Beggar's Opera (1728)
John Gay
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The Toilette l. 86 (1716)


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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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