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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he wrote the words of "To the West," " There's a good time coming," and " Cheer, boys, cheer"; and he was the author of a number of other popular songs by different composers.
Mackay was both poet and journalist. In 1852 he became editor of the Illustrated London News, in which paper he started an issue of musical supplements, each containing an original song written by himself to an old English melody, specially arranged by Sir Henry Bishop. The series was continued up to the time of Bishop's death. Mackay edited A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry, which was illustrated by Millais and other famous artists. He died in 1889, and is known to the present generation as the author of " There's a land, a dear land," set to music by Frances Allitsen.
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