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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.