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

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BENNETT, HULLAH, AND HATTON 125
came so excited that he suddenly joined in at the end of the song.
The words, excellent of their kind, were written by W. H. Bellamy, who was responsible for a great many of the lyrics of songs that were popular at this time, notably ''The Lady of the Lea," by Henry Smart. It has been said that Hatton sold the entire copyright of "Simon the Cellarer" to a Mr. Thomas Oliphant for a £10 note !
This is the same gentleman for whom Hatton wrote a set of six songs with German and English words (the English version by Mr. Oliphant) under the pseudonym of P. B. Czapek, Czapek being the Hungarian for "hat on." On the songs is printed the inscription "These songs were composed expressly by order of Mr. Oliphant, and are his exclusive property," the latter possibly in consideration of another generous £10 note !
"The Enchantress," which was specially com­posed for Madame Viardot Garcia, was another popular ballad. Of Hatton's other songs the following may just be mentioned: "Ask me no more," "The Bells of Shandon," "Jack o' Lantern," and three settings of Longfellow— "The Old Clock on the Stairs," "The Reaper and the Flower," and "The Wreck of the Hesperus." Hatton also composed a setting to "The Sands
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