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OH WOULD I WERE A BOY AGAIN
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We are two heroes come from strife;
Where have we been fighting?
On the battlefield of life,
Doing wrong, wrong righting.
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Forth we went a gallant baud — Youth, Love, Gold, and Pleasure;
Who, we said, cau us withstand? Who dare lances measure ?
Round about the world we went;
Ne'er were such free lances— Victors in each tournament,
Winning beauty's glances.
Gold, at last, his prowess lost,
And when he departed, Pleasure's lance was rarely crossed,
Pleasure grew faint-hearted.
Frank Romer, an Englishman, born about 1820, wrote the music of this song for Sig-nor Giubilei, a noted Italian baritone, who appeared in opera in this country. Romer was uever paid a penny for it, nor did he receive any very large sum for his numerous other songs. But he was wise enough to leave the business of composing for that of pubhshing, and is now a partner in a prosperous music firm in London. Here he has a noble oppor­tunity to give to strugghng composers that encouragement in the way of appreciation and fair pay of which he himself felt the need in his younger days. " Oh, Would I were a Boy again!" was made still more popular by a minstrel troupe, who sang it every night for three years.








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