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.

He had written several fables which were also very popular.

The Shepard and the Philosopher

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Remote from cities dwelt a swain, Unvexed by petty cares of gain; His head was silvered, and by age He had contented grown and sage;

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The Spaniel and the Cameleon

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A spaniel mightily well bred, Ne'er taught to labour for his bread, But to play tricks and bear him smart, To please his lady's eyes and heart,

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The Mother, the Nurse, and the Fairy

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“Give me a son, grant me an heir!” The fairies granted her the prayer. And to the partial parent's eyes Was never child so fair and wise;

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The wild Boar and the Ram

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A sheep lay tethered, and her life Fast ebbing on the butcher's knife; The silly flock looked on with dread. A wild boar, passing them, then said:

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The Miser and Plutus

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The wind was high, the window shook, The miser woke with haggard look; He stalked along the silent room, He shivered at the gleam and gloom,

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The Lion, the Fox, and the Gander

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A lion, sick of pomp and state, Resolved his cares to delegate. Reynard was viceroy named—the crowd Of courtiers to the regent bowed;

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