John Gay — English Poet born on June 30, 1685, died on December 04, 1732

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... (wikipedia)

Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
Shadow owes its birth to light.
Those who in quarrels interpose, must often wipe a bloody nose.
The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.