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comes almost last of all Sullivan's popular ballads outside his light operas. It was published in 1877, before which practically all his most successful songs of this type had made their appearance.
Two of the most popular of these, "Let Me Dream Again" and "Sweethearts," were published two years previously. Writing of these in 1876, our critic, quoted above in his reference to the "Lost Chord," is disposed to be less captious, and becomes, in fact, enthusiastic, as the following little paragraphs will show :—
"Arthur Sullivan's lovely song 'Let Me Dream Again ' still holds the first place at all concerts, and is the most popular song of the present day."
"Arthur Sullivan's song 'Sweethearts' is still the favourite tenor song. It is to be heard at all concerts where the services of Mr. Edward Lloyd are engaged, and when rendered by this popular singer is without exception rapturously encored."
Another song of Sullivan's which Antoinette Sterling made immensely popular was "The Chorister." This was originally published with different words and under a different title, as one of three songs known as "The Young Mother," but it attracted very little attention,