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John Gay

Data urodzenia: 30. Czerwiec 1685
Data zgonu: 4. Grudzień 1732


John Gay – angielski poeta i dramaturg.

Najbardziej znany jako autor libretta do Beggar’s Opera , do której muzykę napisał Niemiec Johann Christoph Pepusch. Bohaterowie tej sztuki, tacy jak: kapitan Macheath czy Polly Peachum, stali się tak sławni, że nadawano sobie te imiona na chrzcie.

Sztuka Gaya w dwudziestym wieku stała się inspiracją dla Opery za trzy grosze Bertolda Brechta.

Poeta pisał też epigramaty. Wśród nich było Moje własne epitafium .

Cytaty John Gay


„Lest men suspect your tale untrue,
Keep probability in view.“

— John Gay
Fable, The Painter who pleased Nobody and Everybody


„Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation:
Title and profit I resign;
The post of honour shall be mine.“

— John Gay
The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds. Comparable to: "When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station", Joseph Addison, Cato, Act iv, scene 4

„Adieu, she cried, and waved her lily hand.“

— John Gay
Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

„While there is life there 's hope, he cried.“

— John Gay
Fable, The Sick Man and the Angel Comparable to: "For the living there is hope, but for the dead there is none", Theocritus (3rd century BC), Idyl iv, 42; "Ægroto, dum anima est, spes est" ("While the sick man has life, there is hope", Cicero (1st century BC), Epistolarum ad Atticum, ix, 10


„So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,—
The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more.“

— John Gay
The What d' ye call it (1715). Comparable to: "The time of paying a shot in a tavern among good fellows, or Pantagruelists, is still called in France a 'quart d'heure de Rabelais,'—that is, Rabelais's quarter of an hour, when a man is uneasy or melancholy", Life of Rabelais (Bohn's edition), p. 13

„That raven on yon left-hand oak
(Curse on his ill-betiding croak!)
Bodes me no good.“

— John Gay
Fable, The Farmer's Wife and the Raven. Comparable to: "It wasn't for nothing that the raven was just now croaking on my left hand", Plautus, Aulularia, act iv. sc. 3

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