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Selected Poetry of John Howard Payne (1791-1852)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

'Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
        (Song, 1-2)
  1. Song (Home, Sweet Home!)


Notes on Life and Works

A prolific American actor and playwright, born in New York City, who wrote more than 50 plays, Payne was renowned for one thing only, the song "Home Sweet Home" from his opera Clari, performed first at Covent Garden on May 8, 1823. He acted as American consul at Tunis 1842-45 and 1851 until his death a year later.

Biographical information

Given name: John Howard
Family name: Payne
Birth date: 1791
Death date: 1852