John Gay Quote
Fables of Mr. John Gay (1789 edition)
“Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign;
The post of honour shall be mine.”
“A Wolf eats sheep but now and then;
Ten thousands are devour'd by men.
An open foe may prove a curse,
but a pretend friend is worse.”
Fable XVII, The Shepherd's Dog and the Wolf. - Fables (1727)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJohn Gay
Born: June 30, 1685
Died: December 4, 1732 (aged 47)
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.