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MODERN BALLADS AJND UUMfUSLKS 273
say, but at that moment the melody came to me. I wrote it down and then continued the letter— * pleased to say I have struck an idea for your lyric' " This song is one of the composer's own favourites, though it has not been so popular as some of his others.
Something of the same kind happened in the case of "Within your heart." Trotere had had the lyric for about eighteen months, and the author, Mrs. G. Hubi-Newcombe, kept writing to know when he was going to set her "poor little lyric" ? At last he did so, but had no great faith in the result. Two publishers were evidently of the same opinion, as they refused it, calling it childish, and declaring that he must have meant it for a joke. Finally it was accepted, but so much under protest that he was only too glad to sell it outright without a royalty, a fact which he has since had good reason to regret!
Of the other songs by Trotere " My Old Shako," words by Francis Barron, has perhaps enjoyed the greatest popularity. It had such a vogue that a concert manager once requested a singer not to sing it, as the public must be tired of it. The singer, after some demur, agreed, but sang it as an encore, and had to repeat it!
The mention of Francis Barron, in connection with " My Old Shako," recalls the fact that he is the author of a number of popular songs of a