Thomas Haynes Bayly

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Thomas Haynes Bayly
Born (1797-10-13)13 October 1797
Died 22 April 1839(1839-04-22) (aged 41)
Nationality English
Occupation poet, songwriter, dramatist and miscellaneous writer

Thomas Haynes Bayly (13 October 1797 – 22 April 1839) was an English poet, songwriter, dramatist, and miscellaneous writer.

The son of a wealthy lawyer in Bath, Bayly intended to become an attorney like his father, but he changed his mind and thought of entering the church, but he abandoned this idea also and gave himself to writing for the stage and the periodical press. He is chiefly known for his songs (of which he wrote hundreds) which, set to the music of Bishop and other eminent composers, found universal acceptance. Some were set to his own music. He also wrote several novels and a number of farces. Although making a large income from his writings, in addition to that of his wife, he encountered financial problems.

His best-known songs include Old House at Home, I'd be a Butterfly, Oh, no, we never mention him, She wore a Wreath of Roses, The Mistletoe Bough, and Long, Long Ago.


  • "Gaily the Troubadour touched his Guitar"
  • "I'd Be a Butterfly"
  • "I'll hang my Harp on a Willow Tree"
  • "The Mistletoe Bough"
  • "Oh, no! We Never Mention Her"
  • "Oh, Pilot! 'tis a Fearful Night"
  • "She wore a Wreath of Roses"
  • "We Met, 'twas in a Crowd"
  • "Long Long Ago


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource

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