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

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142              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
last the following rather quaint announcement appeared in the advertisement columns of a con­temporary paper:—
" Messrs. Moutrie, having disposed of two thousand copies of George Linley's song ' On the past look not with sorrow,' regret to announce that someone mischievously melted the plates, and therefore they propose re-engraving it if they obtain subscribers' names for a sufficient number of copies."
To the same period belongs the still popular song "I arise from dreams of thee," by Charles Salaman, another of whose songs, "What will you bring to me, sweet ?' was also a great favourite ; the songs of Riviere, and of Frank Mori, a composer who had a brief vogue, and is chiefly remembered by his " I love my love in the springtime," "Whither art thou roam­ing?" and "'Twas on a Sunday morning." With regard to the last-mentioned song, it is amusing to note that the word "Sunday" was objected to by the Exeter Hall authorities, and the performance of the song forbidden unless the offending word was changed to " Monday " ; and as " Monday " it was sung by Miss Kathleen Fitzwilliam, who first produced it.
Riviere's most popular ballad was probably "Spring, Spring," which, it is said, was refused by practically every publisher in London.
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