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

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182              A CENTURY OF BALLADS
he meant by the title. It had never occurred to them that it meant a churchyard. The identical churchyard was that of Sidestrand, near Cromer, in Norfolk, "'mid the poppies and the corn." Each year the devouring sea has encroached further upon the resting-place of the dead, until the old churchyard tower now stands on the very "edge of the cliff" itself. The song sprang into instant popularity, and is supposed to have opened the eyes of the thousands of annual holiday-makers to the charms of " Poppyland."
Isidore de Lara wrote a number of other songs, among which were "Mine To-day," "All of my all," "How will it be?" and "After Silent Years," but none that has rivalled "The Garden of Sleep' in popularity. He used to sing his own songs in public a great deal, and is said to have given over two hundred recitals in ten years.
Of other popular songs of the period mention must be made of Walter Slaughter's songs, notably "The Dear Homeland," the words of which were written by Clifton Bingham; the songs of Gerald Lane, Gerard F. Cobb, W. M. Hutchinson, whose "Dream Faces," " Ehren on the Rhine," and "Side by Side to the Better Land," were all immensely popular in their day ; and of Angelo Mascheroni, the copyright of whose "For all Eternity' was
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