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.

Source/Notes: 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)

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Source/Notes: My Own Epitaph, inscribed on Gay's monument in Westminster Abbey; also quoted as I thought so once; but now I know it.
Source/Notes: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
Source/Notes: Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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Source/Notes: Introduction, The Shepherd and the Philosopher; Midnight oil was a common phrase, used by Quarles, Shenstone, Cowper, Lloyd, and others. - Fables (1727)