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172 A CENTURY OF BALLADS
married name, and this was followed by a number of immensely popular songs, of which, of course, "Violets " was the most popular of all.
I remember in my early days of lyric-writing the pleasure I experienced at receiving a letter from her asking for permission to set my lyric "I have a garden fair," which was afterwards published. The letter was written just at the time when "Violets" was becoming so much the rage.
Of Ellen Wright's other popular songs may be mentioned "In My Garden," "A Song of Waiting," "Life is Vain," and "Golden Stars."
The songs of H.R.H. Princess Beatrice (Princess Henry of Battenberg) also rightly belong to this period, the most popular of them being "The Sunny Month of May," "The Green Cavalier's Song," and "Retrospection."
Ciro Pinsuti has a long list of popular ballads to his credit, which the mere mention of the names will at once recall to memory. "The Bugler" and "The Last Watch," the words of both being by Weatherly, were among the most popular, and others were " I Fear no Foe," words by Edward Oxenford, and "Queen of the Earth" and "Sleep on, Dear Love," words by D'Arcy Jaxone. Another favourite was his setting of G. R. Sims's lyric "The Lifeboat."