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BENEDICT AND BALFE
hear, if she could not see, the object of her adoration !
It is interesting to note that of Harrison's two sons who survived him, one was the Vicar of Clovelly, in Devonshire, who married a daughter of Charles Kingsley, and the other was Clifford Harrison, the reciter.
A singer who was associated with Harrison in many of Balfe's operas was Louisa Pyne, who was the possessor of a soprano voice of beautiful quality, and wonderful compass and flexibility. "I love to write for Louisa Pyne," said Balfe once, "her voice is amazingly sympathetic to me ; she listens attentively to all my suggestions, and I can rely upon her carrying them out exactly as I wish."
" I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls " was, of course, another famous number out of The Bohemian Girl. The publishing rights of this opera were offered by Balfe to Addison, a partner in the firm of Cramer, Beale, and Co. Addison, however, refused to pay the advance of ^ioo which the composer demanded, and the latter therefore took it to Chappell.
Among other songs of Balfe's which attained to great popularity were " In this old chair," so often sung by Sims Reeves; " Good-night, beloved"; "The Arrow and the Song"; "The Power of Love," from the opera Satanella;