Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday, John

Today John Gay was born in Barnstaple, England, in 1685 - he wrote The Beggar's Opera. Although its sequel, Polly, was banned by then Prime Minister Walpole from being performed, sales of it made Gay rich. Unfortunately he then lost everything in the South Seas Bubble. He died in 1732 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. His epitaph, written by Alexander Pope, is followed by two lines that Gay himself composed: "Life is a jest, and all things show it. I thought so once, and now I know it."

LOVE in her eyes sits playing,
And sheds delicious death;
Love in her lips is straying,
And warbling in her breath;
Love on her breast sits panting,
And swells with soft desire:
Nor grace, nor charm, is wanting
To set the heart on fire.

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At 12:54 PM, June 30, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Someone had to say it:

"... [John Gay's] 'The Beggar's Opera,' a Ballad opera produced on the January 29, 1728 by John Rich... was said to have made 'Rich gay and Gay rich'"


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