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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 185
Lawson. He is also responsible for the editing of the Songs of Four Nations, in this case with Arthur Somervell as musical collaborator. In many instances he wrote entirely new versions to the words.
Of the number of delightful lyrics written by Boulton, he himself considers that in point of popularity "Time's Garden," set by Goring Thomas, "Glorious Devon," set by Edward German, and the well-known " Skye Boat Song' have been the most successful. With regard to the latter, Boulton relates that Professor Blackburn told him that when in the Highlands he heard the boatmen who were rowing himself and Mrs. Blackburn across to Roshven chanting a curious refrain to the
Row us along, Donald and John, Over the sea to Roshven.
It was on this that Boulton founded the "Skye Boat Song."
Latterly he has turned his attention to the writing of " Imperial" songs, as he takes an active interest in what may be called the "Empire movement." His patriotic hymn "Canada," the music by Edward German, is an example of this style of work.
Some years ago he published an unique album