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THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY (BAYLEY)
English poet
(1797 - 1839)

I've now got the music book ready,
  Do sit up and sing like a lady
    A recitative from Tancredi,
      And something from "Palpiti!"
        Sing forte when first you begin it,
          Piano the very next minute,
            They'll cry "What expression there's in it!"
              Don't sing English ballads to me!
      - Don't Sing English Ballads to Me [Ballads]

Fly away, pretty moth, to the shade
  Of the leaf where you slumbered all day;
    Be content with the moon and the stars, pretty moth,
      And make use of your wings while you may.
        . . . .
          But tho' dreams of delight may have dazzled you quite,
            They at last found it dangerous play;
              Many things in this world that look bright, pretty moth,
                Only dazzle to lead us astray.
      - Fly away, pretty Moth [World]

I'd be a butterfly, born in a bower,
  Where roses and lilies and violets meet.
      - I'd be a Butterfly [Butterflies]

Absence makes the heart grow fonder;
  Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!
      - Isle of Beauty,
        phrase first found in anonymous poem within F. Davison's Poetical Rhapsody (1602)
        [Absence : Proverbs]

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
  Long, long ago, long, long ago.
      - Long, Long Ago [Memory]

Oh! no! we never mention her,
  Her name is never heard;
    My lips are now forbid to speak
      That once familiar word.
      - Melodies of Various Nations--Oh! No! We Never Mention Her
        [Names]

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.
      - O, Steer my Bark to Erin's Isle [Memory]

O give me new figures! I can't go on dancing
  The same that were taught me ten seasons ago;
    The schoolmaster over the land is advancing,
      Then why is the master of dancing so slow?
        It is such a bore to be always caught tripping
          In dull uniformity year after year;
            Invent something new, and you'll set me a skipping:
              I want a new figure to dance with my Dear!
      - Quadrille a la Mode [Dancing]

She wore a wreath of roses,
  The night that first we met.
      - She Wore a Wreath of Roses [Roses]

Why don't the men propose, mamma?
  Why don't the men propose?
      - Songs and Ballads--Why Don't the Men Propose?
        [Wooing]

Friends depart, and memory takes them
  To her caverns, pure and deep.
      - Teach Me to Forget [Memory]

And the Baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
  And keeping their Christmas holiday.
      - The Mistletoe Bough [Christmas]

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
  The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
      - The Mistletoe Bough [Christmas]

Fear not, but trust in Providence,
  Wherever thou may'st be.
      - The Pilot [Providence]

O pilot! 'tis a fearful night,
  There's danger on the deep.
      - The Pilot [Navigation]

The rose that all are praising
  Is not the rose for me.
      - The Rose That all are Praising [Roses]

My fond affection thou hast seen,
  Then judge of my regret
    To think more happy thou hadst been
      If we had never met!
        And has that thought been shared by thee?
          Ah, no! that smiling cheek
            Proves more unchanging love for me
              Than labor'd words could speak.
      - To My Wife [Wives]

We met--'twas a crowd.
      - We Met [Meeting]

Gayly the troubadour
  Touched his guitar.
      - Welcome Me Home [Music]

I'm saddest when I sing.
      - You think I have a merry heart [Music]


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