Who is John Gay

John Gay (30 June 1685 – 4 December 1732) was an English poet and dramatist and member of the Scriblerus Club. He is best remembered for The Beggar's Opera (1728), a ballad opera. The characters, including Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum, became household names.

Early life Gay was born in Barnstaple, England, and was educated at the town's grammar school. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a silk mercer in London, but being weary, according to Samuel Johnson, "of either the restraint or the servility of his occupation", he soon returned to Barnstaple, where he was educated by his uncle, the Rev. John Hanmer, the nonconformist minister of the town. He then returned to London.

Early career The dedication of his Rural Sports (171...
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John Gay Poems

  • Pin And Needle
    A pin which long had done its duty,
    Attendant on a reigning beauty, -
    Had held her muffler, fixed her hair,
    And made its mistress _debonnaire_, - ...
  • The Owls And Sparrow
    Two pompous owls together sat
    In the solemnity of chat:

    "Respect to wisdom, all is fled; ...
  • Juggler And Vice
    A juggler once had travelled thorough
    Each city, market-town, and borough;
    You'd think, so far his art transcended,
    Old Nick upon his fingers tended. ...
  • Council Of Horses
    A steed with mutiny inspired
    The stud which grazed the mead, and fired
    A colt, whose eyes then blazing fire,
    Stood forth and thus expressed his ire: ...
  • The Shaven And Shorn Goat
    'Tis strange to see a new-launched fashion
    Lay on the soul and grow a passion.
    To illustrate such folly, I
    Proffer some beast to the mind's eye. ...
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  • Spaghetti_lunch: for a lot of trans people john mulaney was an answer to the question "what if my grandpa was gay instead of racist"
  • John_p_w: disgusting double standard. basically he’s arguing that we shouldn’t do anything to effect gay mens quality of life when they are the nearly exclusive vector of transmission but argued that we should willingly ruin the lives of children. who were at virtually no risk from covid.
  • Authenticwade: i do still have a light-colored cowboy hat i wore only a few times (between 2006-2009) and then once to a john michael montgomery concert in 2014 at linn county fair (went and left by myself - was before i started dating my ex-girlfriend) all else = staged lies (+ never been gay)
  • Deartaylorss: gay john
  • Bigcontentguy: people forget that only gay ppl are responsible for john mulaney’s success
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Emily Dickinson Poem
How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights'
 by Emily Dickinson


How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights-
When people have put out the Lights
And everything that has an Inn
Closes the shutter and goes in-

How pompous the Wind must feel Noons

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