John Gay

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John Gay
Songs from The Beggar’s Opera: Air IV-Cotillion
Act II, Scene iv, Air IV—Cotillion Youth’s the season made for joys,
Love is then our duty:
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Songs from The Beggar’s Opera: Air X-“Thomas, I Cannot"
Act I, Scene viii, Air X—“Thomas, I Cannot,” Polly. I like a ship in storms was tossed,
Yet afraid to put into land,
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Songs from The Beggar’s Opera: Air XVI-“Over the Hills, and Far Away”
Act I, Scene xiii, Air XVI—“Over the Hills, and Far Away”
Mac. Were I laid on Greenland’s coast,
And in my arms embraced my lass,
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Songs from The Beggar’s Opera: Air XXVII-“Green Sleeves”
Act III, Scene xiii, Air XXVII—“Green Sleeves” Since laws were made, for every degree,
To curb vice in others, as well as me,
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To a Young Lady, With Some Lampreys
With lovers, ’twas of old the fashion
By presents to convey their passion;
No matter what the gift they sent,
The Lady saw that love was meant.
Fair Atalanta, as a favour,
Took the boar’s head her Hero gave her;
Nor could the bristly thing affront her,
’Twas a fit present from a hunter.
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