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16 Songs That Every Child Should Know
Grass grows on the master's grave, Ben Bolt,
The spring of the brook is dry, And of all the boys who were schoolmates then,
There are only you and I.
There is change in the things I loved, Ben Bolt,
They have changed from the old to the new; But I feel in the depths of my spirit the truth,
There never was change in you. Twelve months tv/enty have past, Ben Bolt,
Since first we were friends, — yet I hail Thy presence a blessing, thy friendship a truth,
Ben Bolt of the salt-sea gale!
Blondel was the favorite minstrel of Richard the Lion-hearted. Together, the King and Blondel composed a song, which later was to be the means of discovering the prison of Richard, when in war his enemies had taken him prisoner. The minstrel devotedly wandered about always playing the song, and one day Richard responded from his prison tower with a part of the song. The simply antiphonal song is appended, and is one of the earliest to which there is any history attached.