A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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script again. ' I believe it's by some well-known composer.' Then he appealed to Mr. Hatch and Mr. Mudie, who were both in the room. Each made a different guess as to i Margery Fisher's' identity. ' Sing it again, will you ? ' said Arthur Boosey to Foster. Foster accordingly sang it again. ' I know,' said Mr. Boosey triumphantly, when he had finished, ' it's Squire's!' And Squire's it was ! "
Ballads of a more humorous turn by this composer are " A Sergeant of the Line " (words by Weatherly), sung with so much success by Harry Dearth; "The Corporal's Ditty," words by Edward Teschemacher, and " A Chip of the Old Block," for which I must claim responsi­bility. The latter provides an illustration of how careful it is necessary to be in writing the words of a song so as not to offend the delicate sus­ceptibilities of the public. Some time after "A Chip of the Old Block" was published the publishers sent me on a letter which they had received from a large firm of music - sellers in the country. "Dear Sirs, we are writing to ask you whether it would be possible to get the author of Squire's ' Chip of the Old Block' to alter two of the lines of his lyric. The lines referred to are the following :—
The sea's the very divil, and A woman's just as bad !
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