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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not be out of place to mention here Maude Valerie White, who, though she is still writing songs to-day, may be said to belong to this period, inasmuch as her first published songs appeared in 1882. These were the two well-known songs "To Mary" ('Oh Mary dear, that you were here') and "To Althea from Prison." These were followed by two of the most popular songs of any generation, "The Devout Lover" and "Absent yet Present."
The list of this composer's songs which have been published during the last twenty years is a very long one, and it is only possible to mention a few of the best known. Such are "So we'll go no more a-roving," "My dear and only love'1 (a setting of the Earl of Montrose's famous lyric), Three Little Songs ("When the Swal­lows," "A Memory," "Let us Forget"), sung with so much success by Kennerley Rumford, and "The Old Grey Fox," a great favourite with the same singer.
One other lady composer, though belonging strictly to a later period, may be included here, as her first song was published under her maiden name (Ellen Riley) in 1880. This was Ellen Wright, whose lamented death occurred some years ago, and the song mentioned above was entitled "Come back, oh birdie." Twelve years later she published her first song under her
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