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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Sullivan's "The Lost Chord," was sung at Antoinette Sterling's funeral.
To this same period belong the earlier song successes of D'Auvergne Barnard, of which the first was " Bid me to love," which enjoyed a widespread popularity and is still well known to-day.
Barnard relates a quaint experience which he had once when accompanying " Bid me to love ' at the St. James's Hall. The song had a big reception, and after it was over a lady made her way to the artists' room and in a little piping voice asked to see the composer. Barnard went up to her and inquired what he could do for her. "Oh," she said, looking at him in a disappointed way, "are you the composer of 'Bid me to love'?" "I am," replied Barnard. "What a pity!" said the lady. " I always pictured you as a tall, handsome man ! "
"Bid me to love " was followed by a number of successful songs, of which "I trust you still," "Shepherd of the Fold," "For thine own sake," "The Plains of Peace," "Life's ConĀ­solation," "The Land Across the Sea," and more recently a setting of Cardinal Newman's " Lead, kindly Light," have perhaps been the most popular.
Barnard is a great believer in taking plenty of time. He invariably carries several sets of words
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