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

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BENNETT, HULLAH, AND HATTON 119
it better," writes Kingsley, "to find the music first and set the words to them, as dear Tom Moore did, and that I should like to have done. But as you can understand my words, and I cannot understand your music, I fear that I must write, and you must set to music after­wards."
After saying that he would be perfectly willing, should any alteration be required, to do what he was told, "which most poets are not," he goes on : " Mind you, I am not a poet; and therefore I do not demand absolute right, as poets do nowadays. If you choose to enter into partnership with me, I can give the firm an ear practised in all sorts of metres and in the meaning thereof—having made time a study, which I have often hoped to reduce to a science. I can give the power of finding a sonorous word or vowel whenever you want one, and I hope sense worthy of us and our audience." All of which may be said, per­haps, to express the art of lyric-writing to a nicety.
Of the many musical people with whom Bennett contracted a warm friendship during his busy life, none was a greater admirer of his than Jenny Lind. A rather pathetic little souvenir of this friendship was found among her papers after her death. This was the stump of a pencil, wrapped in paper, on which was written in Swedish : " Dr.
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