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

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AN HARMONIOUS QUARTET           211
if I had not preserved (by a mere fluke) the MS. and the typewriter's bill ?
" How many songs have I written ? Frankly, I don't know. In one ottoman I have fifty-one volumes of eighteen to twenty songs each. But really it is not by numbers ye shall know me. It is the number of (successful' songs with which I have had to do of which I am proud."
Of the remaining composers of this period, Cowen, German, Tosti, and others, who are still writing songs at the present time, I shall have something to say in a subsequent chapter.l For the moment we must turn aside from composers to singers, and take a brief survey of the St. James's Hall ballad concerts, in the days when Sims Reeves, Santley, Lloyd, and Antoinette Sterling were at their zenith.
1 "Songs of To-day and Yesterday.'
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