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

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THE SONGS OF HENRY RUSSELL 135
young ladies in question became more and more distressed, until at last they could contain them­selves no longer, but burst out into loud sobs, bringing the song to an untimely conclusion.
Other songs of Henry Russell's which deserve a passing mention are his setting of Eliza Cook's "The Old Arm-chair," first published under the title of "The Favourite Chair," a song quite in accordance with the style of sentiment then in vogue, and "The Ivy Green," the words of which were by Charles Dickens.
In those days such a thing as a royalty was hardly known, and Russell sold all his songs outright. "Woodman, spare that tree" brought him a couple of dollars, as we have seen, and though that constituted a record in prices, it was run very close by "The Ivy Green," which fetched ten shillings! Russell's other songs fared very little better, as the following list will show :—
" Cheer, boys, cheer "
. £3
" There's a good time coming "
2
" The Ship on Fire "
1
" The Maniac"
1
" The Gambler's Wife" .
1
"The Slave Ship" .
1
But if Henry Russell received very little return from the sale of his songs, he made a good deal of money by his singing of them. When on
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