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THE HEAVING OF THE LEAD. ^ tempo.
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THE BAY OF BISCAY.
Andrew Cherry, author of the words of " The Bay of Biscay," was born in Limerick, Ireland, January 11, 1762. He received a respectable education there, and was intended for holy orders, but in consequence of family misfortunes was apprenticed to a printer. He became a comic actor, and afterward went to London, where he was manager of the theatre in which Edmund Kean made his first appearance. Cherry produced two dramatic pieces, and a few fine songs. He died in 1812.
The air was composed by John Davy, who was born in 1765, near Exeter, England. When three years old, he was thrown almost into fits from fright at hearing a violoncello. He was shown that the instrument was harmless, and strumming upon it soon became his greatest delight. At the age of four, he played quite correctly. Before he was six years old, he used to frequent a blacksmith's shop in the neighborhood. The smith began to








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