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NINETEENTH-CENTURY BALLADS 87
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.