A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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brought us tidings of deliverance, for now there was no longer any doubt of the fact."
The letter so impressed itself on Britten's imagination that he straightway wrote a lyric on the subject, and took it to Jefferys, the music-publisher, who wanted it altered, which the author refused to do. The latter thereupon sent the words to John Blockley, who immediately set them, and the song had a great vogue for many years. My authority for this story is the author's son, Mr. W. S. Britten, who has been for over forty years connected with the music-publishing house of John Blockley, now affiliated with that of Ascherberg, Hopwood, and Crew.
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