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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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Stephen Wins Success               87
one of the sweetest our friend Thomas has yet breathed upon the air.
New Music J Messrs. Peters & Field have just published "Thou Shalt Never Know I Love Thee," a favorite Ballad, written by Wm. Birney, Esq. and dedicated to Miss Louise Kirby.
During the winter and spring of 1847 a cluster of melodies played chase with each other in Stephen's reveries. One of them may have been suggested by a ballad of the old English style printed in the Gazette of March 24, called "The Fairies of Coldon Low." Stephen put upon paper verses in the manner of Shelley's 'The Cloud," the first stanza running thus:
What must a Fairy's dream be,
Who drinks of the morning dew ?
Would she think to fly till she reach'd the sky
And bathe in its lakes of blue,
Or gather bright pearls from the depths of the sea
What must the dream of a fairy be?
Now this dainty creature had a comic com­petitor—a buxom lass who was^ to travel all over the world and become familiar to many later generations. Some negro strummeron a banjo surely gave Stephen this idea of
... a dream de udder night, when ebry ting was still I thought I saw Susanna dear, a coming down de hill.

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