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MODERN BALLADS AND COMPOSERS 283
of the composer's songs to attain popularity), and "The Fleeting Years." As to the last I may quote an interesting paragraph which appeared in the Illustrated London News some time ago: "Mr. Edwin Greene dedicated his song 'The Fleeting Years ' to Queen Alexandra; Her Majesty was so pleased with the compliment and with the work, that she sought to preserve it in some tangible form. With this desire came the happy thought of a record for her gramophone, and Her Majesty then and there commanded the management of the company who made the machine to supply her want. At once Mr. Edward Lloyd was approached. He is living in retirement near Worthing, but the royal command had to be obeyed, and with delight he journeyed to London, there to make an excellent record."
The list of St. Quentin's songs is an imposing one, and it is only possible to mention a few of the most successful here. Such are "Beyond," "The Heart of a Sailor," "Jack's Wife," "The Jolly Jack Tar," and "Smuggler Bill."
Leslie Stuart's name is, of course, well known as a composer of light operas, and many of the songs in them have become popular favourites. The same may be said of four other light-opera composers, Ivan Caryll, Sidney Jones, Lionel Monckton, and Howard Talbot. Two of Stuart's