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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8407 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:’T is well to be merry and wise,
  ’T is well to be honest and true;
’T is well to be off with the old love
  Before you are on with the new.
ATTRIBUTION:Lines used by Maturin as the motto to “Bertram,” produced at Drury Lane, 1816.