Thomas Haynes Bayly

Surely 't is better, when summer is over
To die when all fair things are fading away.

Thomas Haynes Bayly (13 October 1797 - April 1839) was a popular miscellaneous writer best known for his songs.

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  • Surely 't is better, when summer is over
    To die when all fair things are fading away.
    • I'd be a Butterfly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I'd be a butterfly born in a bower,
    Where roses and lilies and violets meet.
    • I'd be a Butterfly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Those that have wealth must be watchful and wary,
    Power, alas! naught but misery brings!
    • I'd be a Butterfly, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Oh no! we never mention her,
    Her name is never heard;
    My lips are now forbid to speak
    That once familiar word.
    • Oh no! we never mention her, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Variant: "Oh, no, we never mention him".
  • We met,—'t was in a crowd.
    • We met, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Parodied by Thomas Hood: We met,—'t was in a mob.
  • Gayly the troubadour
    Touched his guitar.
    • Welcome me Home, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Why don't the men propose, Mamma?
    Why don't the men propose?
    • Why don't the Men propose?, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • She wore a wreath of roses
    The first night that we met.
    • She wore a Wreath, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Friends depart, and memory takes them
    To her caverns, pure and deep.
    • Teach me to forget, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
    Long, long ago, long, long ago.
    • Long, long ago, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The rose that all are praising
    Is not the rose for me.
    • The Rose that all are praising, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Oh pilot, 't is a fearful night!
    There's danger on the deep.
    • The Pilot, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Fear not, but trust in Providence,
    Wherever thou may'st be.
    • The Pilot, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder:
    Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!
    • Isle of Beauty, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "I find that absence still increases love", Charles Hopkins, To C. C.; "Distance sometimes endears friendship, and absence sweeteneth it", Howell, Familiar Letters, book i. sect. i. No. 6.
  • The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
    The holly-branch shone on the old oak wall.
    • The Mistletoe Bough, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands,
    And many friends I've met;
    Not one fair scene or kindly smile
    Can this fond heart forget.
    • Oh, steer my Bark to Erin's Isle, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • My fond affection thou hast seen,
    Then judge of my regret
    To think more happy thou hadst been
    If we had never met.
    • To my Wife, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I'm saddest when I sing.
    • You think I have a merry heart, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "I can’t sing. As a singist I am not a success. I am saddest when I sing. So are those who hear me. They are sadder even than I am", Artemus Ward, Lecture.

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