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

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question, in spite of his expressed preference for vocal music, apparently found Bennett's playing to his liking, for his complaints gradually ceased, and at the end he joined in the applause more heartily than anybody.
A second set of five songs was published in 1855. In this were included ''Indian love," words by Barry Cornwall, "As lonesome through the woods," and "Sing, maiden, sing." Other separate songs of his which enjoyed considerable popularity were "Stay, my charmer," "Dancing lightly came the summer," and "Maiden mine." The latter was originally written in 1861, lost, and the music rewritten in 1866, the present words being adapted later. These were written by his son-in-law Thomas Case, as also were those of "Dancing lightly," and these two songs were sung at the Monday " Pops " by Henry Guy in February, 1874, just a year before Bennett's death.
For the first set of songs Bennett apparently got nothing in the way of monetary return, as his first publisher, Coventry, failed before he had paid the composer the balance owing him on fifteen out of twenty-eight works which the publisher had purchased, and Bennett was obliged to assign the songs to the new publishers who bought Coventry's business. " Long after­wards," says his biographer, "he said in a
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