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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"Queen of My Heart" is, of course, inseparably associated with the name of Hayden Coffin. His singing of this song was a treat worth going a long way to hear, and when Dorothy was revived recently, called forth as unbounded an enthusiasm as ever.
It is a curious fact, which may not be generally known, that " Queen of My Heart" existed in another form before it was included in Dorothy. Cellier had originally published it seven years before, with different words, under the title of ' 'Old Dreams." When the new words were written for its inclusion in the opera, and it became "Queen of my Heart," "Old Dreams" was republished as a "ladies'" version of the song, but it never attained much popularity in that form.
Of Cellier's separate songs, apart from his operas, the best known were " Fly, little song, to my love," "I told my love," of which he wrote both words and music, "Over hill, over dale," and "There once was a time, my darling," sung by Edward Lloyd.
The era of Sullivan, which may be said, roughly speaking, to cover a period of about forty years (i860-1900), was a flourishing time for the popular ballad. The list of song-writers of that time whose names are well known to-day is a very long one. Some are yet alive and writing songs,
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