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THE LIGHT HUMOUR BALLAD
NO book of this kind could be considered complete without some reference to a form of song which has sprung into existence of recent years, and which, for want of a better name, may be called the light humour ballad. There have, of course, been innumerable ballads, from the days of "Simon the Cellarer" to the present time, of a humorous tendency, and many of these have already been mentioned throughout this book; there is also the music-hall song; but the light humour ballad may be said to come somewhere between the two, and is to a great extent the outcome of the fashion of singing songs at the piano, first made popular by Corney Grain and George Grossmith.
The first name that suggests itself as a composer of this class of ballad is that of H. G. Pelissier, now so inseparably associated with "The Follies." It is owing to this latter circumstance that I have been induced to postpone his inclusion as a composer to this chapter, though, as a matter of fact, he has written a number of