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

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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 169
Fortescue Harrison. It was published in 1877, and was her first published song, though she began composing at the age of fourteen. The song enjoyed immense popularity for a great number of years, over 140,000 copies being sold between 1880 and 1889. In 1881 it was adapted as a march for the 2nd Middlesex Artillery, of which Lord Arthur Hill was the commanding officer, and has been whistled, sung, and played on barrel-organs in every quarter of the globe. The melody has been used as a hymn tune both in London and in the region of the Rocky Moun­tains, and only lately the composer was told by an Australian that it is still sung in every bush village to what are called "school songs." The words of the song were by Meta Orred, and appeared in her published poems.
Other well-known songs by this composer were " Let me forget thee," words by D'Arcy
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