Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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worn, rat-gnawed steps are not older than love, while the new plank, thrown out to-day for parting friends to cross, is not more fresh and bright. The song was written by John Pekcy, an eminent English ballad-composer of the latter half of the last century. The song ended with a cloud resting upon the fair fame of sailor Tom; but James Powell added the stanza beginning:
"'Dear Molly,' cried Tom, as he heaved a deep sigh."
Mark Lemon's wife, who was a fine vocalist, used to sing this old favorite of her husband's, while the fire burned bright, and he beat on his chair with his pipe for her sole accom­paniment.