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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flow-o-er to the notes C E below, and then ascend to G, and then imagine having to con­clude with 'My darling, yes, for evermore,' the er being on the low B. Two shillings, of course, for such music ! "
Even more quaint is the succeeding paragraph.
" 'Castles in the Air'—Scotch song by Robert Adams, with an illustration of a curly- haired little boy bigging [sic] castles in the air ! "
After this excursion into the realms of fancy he allows his spleen to take hold of him again. His next victim is Lady Lindsey, who wrote several fairly popular ballads about this time. One, however, was evidently not popular with our critic, for he says :—
" ' By the Shore'—song by Lady Lindsey. A slow, dismal song for contralto ; the words ' by the shore' are repeated no less than nine times, and are rhymed with 'nevermore,' 'evermore,' 'o'er,' and 'southern shore,' so that it sounds perfectly ridiculous. We regret that words and music are by the same composer."
However, in turning his attention to another lady composer, his heart becomes softened again. " ' In the Gloaming,' ' he writes, "is a universal favourite, and we believe has a larger circulation than any other song entirely on its merits." " In the Gloaming," as everybody knows, was written by Lady Arthur Hill, when she was Annie
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