This cliché's first appearance in print dates back to 1602, when it was published in A Poetical Rhapsody, a collection of "divers sonnets, odes, elegies, madrigals, and other Poesies." Although the publishers were two English brothers named Francis and Walter Davison, it is unknown whether one of them is the author of the phrase in question.

It was two hundred years before the phrase came into common usage. Its appearace in Thomas Haynes Bayly's popular song "Isle of Beauty" elevated "absence makes the heart grow fonder" to cliché status in the early 19th century, and it's been with us ever since.

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