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176 A CENTURY OF BALLADS
never used, and, so the story goes, had at his death a safe full not only of MSS., but of I.O.U.'s.
As Henry Pontet he wrote a great many successful songs, of which the best known were " Carissima," " Snowflakes," " Poor Wounded Heart," "Tit for Tat," and "Big Ben." A newspaper cutting of the year 1878 says of the latter that it was "sung at the Promenade Concerts, Covent Garden, on Friday, November 1st, and was the success of the evening. Mr. Thurley Beale was tremendously applauded and encored amidst great excitement."
Theo Marzials has already been mentioned as composer and lyric-writer too. Of his love-songs "Ask Nothing More," a setting of a poem of Swinburne's, had a very long popularity, as well as his " Leaving yet Loving," words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and a setting of Christina Rossetti's "Birthday" lyric "My Love is Come." A song of a different type but equally popular was the "River of Years," while mention may be made of his two duets " Friendship " ("My true love has my heart") and "Go, Pretty Rose."
"The song of the season, a perfect gem ! " is our critic's verdict on "Twickenham Ferry," perhaps the most famous of all Marzials' ballads in its own line. The song was sung a great deal