John Gay’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

June 30, 1685

Death Date

December 4, 1732

Age of Death

47 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

London, United Kingdom



The poet John Gay died at the age of 47. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

A British poet and dramatist, he is most famous for his 1728 work, The Beggar’s Opera, which features the characters of Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum. His other popular works include Acis and Galatea, Polly, and Three Hours After Marriage.

He worked for a time as an apprentice to a London silk merchant. He published his first literary work, Wine, in 1708.

His sequel to The Beggar’s Opera was banned from production by members of the British government who recognized themselves as objects of the original production’s satire.

In his youth, Gay was taught by his uncle, Reverend John Hanmer, a Nonconformist minister.

He and Alexander Pope were good friends and fellow members of a prominent literary organization called the Scriblerus Club.



An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.

John Gay

We only part to meet again.

John Gay

No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who’ve no retreat.

John Gay

A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.

John Gay

She who has never loved has never lived.

John Gay