The National Music Of The World

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24              National Music of the World.
cantilena more symmetrical and civilised than those occurring in either Egypt or Arabia. Such is the air so familiar to every one, that to quote its opening phrase will suffice :
I have always conjectured that this air may have been helped by some such process as was employed by Moore to bring into form his well-known ' Cana­dian Boat Song,' and which converted ' The Groves of Blarney ' into the elegant melody, ' The Last Rose of Summer'—a tune which, simple as it is, consist­ing of two strains, one thrice repeated, has become one of European celebrity, and made the fortune of M. von Flotow's feeble opera, ' Martha.' Here is what may be the original tune, noted down at Ban­galore by a competent musician, in 1854:

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