John Gay

John Gay

Born: June 30, 1685

Died: December 4, 1732

Nationality: English

Occupation: Poet

Biography: 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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Source/Notes: We've Cheated the Parson (song), Polly: an Opera (1729), Air 46, Act II, sc. x.

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