That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!
Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.
Swans sing before they die -- t'were no bad thing did certain persons die before they sing.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.
This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.
When Satan makes impure verses, Allah sends a divine tune to cleanse them.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.
Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.