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330 A CENTURY OF BALLADS
the Stars were young," published some years ago.
Two other composers of the light humour song who should be mentioned are Frederic Norton and T. C. Sterndale Bennett (grandson of Sir William Sterndale Bennett), both of whom make a speciality of singing their own songs at the piano.
What other forms the popular ballad will take in years to come it is impossible to foretell. Fashions in songs, as in everything else, are continually changing, and there are at the present moment signs of a growing tendency to revert more and more to the old three-decker form of ballad, as against the short song, which has enjoyed so great a vogue during the last ten years.
But, whatever shape it may take, the popular ballad will always remain an integral part of the life of the people of this country ; and the number of years it has held its own in the affections of the public must be considered a sufficient answer to those who, in their zeal for "classical " music, are inclined to deny it any permanent place in the history of musical England.