A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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BENEDICT AND BALFE
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were contained in the various operas he com­posed. Such are " By the sad sea waves," from The Brides of Venice; " The Shipwrecked Heart," from Graziella; "The Cattle in the Clover" and "I've a home in cloudland," from The Bride of Song; "The Colleen Bawn " and " Eily Mavourneen," from The Lily of Killarney; and the still more famous duet "The moon has raised her lamp above," from the same opera.
One of the most popular songs Benedict ever wrote was "Rock me to sleep," which was brought out by Miss Edith Wynne, the singer, who made quite a sensation with it. It is said that this song was offered to Ashdown and Parry, the music publishers, but refused by them because Benedict did not possess the copyright of the words. It was eventually published by Duncan Davidson, in whose hands it proved an enormous financial success.
Others of Benedict's songs which were very popular in their day were " Halcyon Days," words by the Hon. Mrs. Norton ; " The Maiden's Dream," "The Peace of Home," words by G. Linley ; "The Rose of Erin," words by Claribel; "The Sailor's Bride," "The Skylark," words by Barry Cornwall. It is somewhat of a revelation to find the name of F. E. Weatherly as a writer of the words of one of Benedict's songs entitled "Face it! " (begin-
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