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SONGS OF TO-DAY AND YESTERDAY 253
Other popular songs by this composer are "Love the Pedlar," "Daffodils a-blowing," "Cupid at the Ferry," and "Who'll buy my lavender ? " while his delightful Alhim of Four Lyrics (words by Harold Boulton) must not be forgotten.
The name of Sir F. Paolo Tosti is associated with a number of songs that have enjoyed a long and enduring spell of popularity. I refer, of course, chiefly to his English songs, as it is by these that he is best known to the big music-loving public.
It is over thirty years since Tosti first came to England, and the number of famous singers who have been pupils of his would be difficult to calculate. It may not be generally known that he has not only had the honour of giving lessons to our present Queen, but also of singing duets with Queen Alexandra and the late Queen Victoria.
One of the first of Tosti's Italian songs, published before his arrival in England, was "Ti rapirei," written at the age of twenty-three. Twelve years later he wrote "Good-bye," a song which will perhaps endure the longest of all his English songs. The absolute harmony of words and music in this song is one of the features that have contributed to its success, and in this connection I may quote a remark once made to me by