Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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Our Shakespeare can be only met within a narrow play-house porch;
So, Hood, thy spirit need not fret, but hold its own immortal torch.
Poor Hood! for whom a people wreathes the heart-born flowers that never die;
Poor Hood! for whom a requiem breathes in every human, toil-wrung sigh.
Let the horse-tamer's bed be known by the rich mausoleum-shrine;
Give the bold quack his charnel throne—their works were worthier far than thine.
And let thy soul serenely sleep, while pilgrims stand, as I have stood,
To worship at a nameless heap, and fondly, sadly say, " Poor Hood !"
The music of Hood's song, " I remember," was made by John Blockley, an English composer, author of many beautiful airs, who was born in 1800, and was for many years associated with his brothers as a music publisher in London. He died Dec. 24, 1882.

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