Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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

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There's a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming : Hateful rivalries of creed, Shall not make their martyrs bleed,
In the good time coming. Religion shall be shorn of pride,
And flourish all the stronger; And charity shall trim her lamp — Wait a little longer.
There's a good time coming, boys,
A good time coming; War in all men's eyes shall be A monster of iniquity,
In the good time coming. Nations shall not quarrel, then,
To prove which is the stronger; Nor slaughter men for glory's sake — Wait a little longer.
This song of Lady Nairne"s illustrates the power of imagination in an odd wav. Lady Nairne kept her authorship scrupulously concealed, and she sent this song tu its destination by the only friend who was in her secret. Ir was written for the benefit <>t Nathaniel Gow, a musical composer, son of the celebrated Neil Gow. lie did not know its source, and as the song, set to an air which his father had made, became a favorite where-ever the musician played it, there was much speculation as to its origin. The whole pro­duction was attributed to Neil Gow, and accounted for by the story that it was suggested to him while listening to the bells of St. Andrew's Church hi Edinburgh, mingled with The cries of the fish-women who vend their herrings in the street. These women are notorious for their exoibitaut demands, and as the purchaser offers about one third of the price asked, there is much higgling before the bargain is concluded, which generally ends with the irresistible appeal alluded to in the song, " Lord bless ye, mem ! it's no fish ye're buy­ing, it's the lives o' honest men!"

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