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

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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SONGS OF TO-DAY AND YESTERDAY 263
Sullivan's "The Lost Chord," was sung at Antoinette Sterling's funeral.
To this same period belong the earlier song successes of D'Auvergne Barnard, of which the first was " Bid me to love," which enjoyed a widespread popularity and is still well known to-day.
Barnard relates a quaint experience which he had once when accompanying " Bid me to love ' at the St. James's Hall. The song had a big reception, and after it was over a lady made her way to the artists' room and in a little piping voice asked to see the composer. Barnard went up to her and inquired what he could do for her. "Oh," she said, looking at him in a disappointed way, "are you the composer of 'Bid me to love'?" "I am," replied Barnard. "What a pity!" said the lady. " I always pictured you as a tall, handsome man ! "
"Bid me to love " was followed by a number of successful songs, of which "I trust you still," "Shepherd of the Fold," "For thine own sake," "The Plains of Peace," "Life's Con­solation," "The Land Across the Sea," and more recently a setting of Cardinal Newman's " Lead, kindly Light," have perhaps been the most popular.
Barnard is a great believer in taking plenty of time. He invariably carries several sets of words
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