OH! EVER THUS, FROM CHILDHOOD’S HOUR
Thomas Moore (1779-1852) was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. He was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron’s memoirs after his death
Oh! ever thus, from childhood’s hour,
I’ve seen my fondest hopes decay;
I never lov’d a tree or flower,
But ’twas the first to fade away.
I never nurs’d a dear gazelle,
To glad me with its soft black eye,
But when it came to know me well,
And love me, it was sure to die!
Theme With Variations (1869). The opening lines are:
I never loved a dear gazelle.
Or anything that cost me much:
High Prices Profit those who sell,
But why should I be fond of such?
‘I never nursed a dear Gazelle, to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a marketgardener.’ (Dick Swiveller in The Old Curiosity Shop)
My rich and aged Uncle John
Has known me long and loves me well
But still persists in living on –
I would he were a young gazelle.
James Payn (1830-1898)
I never had a piece of toast
Particularly long and wide,
But fell upon the sanded floor,
And always on the buttered side.