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NINETEENTH-CENTURY BALLADS 81
at the Princess's Concert Rooms, and called his " Irish Evenings." Of his original songs, which are practically forgotten now, " Rory O'More " enjoyed a considerable popularity for some years.
Charles E. Horn's fame as a composer is still kept alive by the well-known ballads " I've been roaming" and " Cherry Ripe." The latter especially has won universal and lasting popularity. The lines are said to have been suggested to Herrick by the old seventeenth-century poem "There is a garden in her face," and it has also been said that the melody was suggested to Horn by Attwood's song " Let me die." But, however that may be, " Cherry Ripe " is one of the ballads that has lived, and is likely to live for many years yet.
The song was first sung by Madame Vestris. This lady was something of a character in her way. She was the daughter of Bartolozzi, and was twice married, her second husband being Charles Mathews the younger.
Mrs. Byrne says of her, "Her brilliant singing of ' Cherry Ripe,' which was written for her, is still fresh in my memory, though I entirely forget into what play she introduced it, but I think she was playing Phcebe in Paul Pry."
Madame Vestris, by the way, drew down upon her the censure of certain musical journals by