Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

300 traditional songs, inc sheet music with full piano accompaniment & lyrics.

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"Tom Bowling" is one of Chakles Dibdin's most characteristic productions. The original of the song was his oldest brother, Tom, many years his senior. He was a noble tar, and was for a long time captain of a vessel in the India service. He married in Calcutta, after obtaining the first marriage license ever granted in India. His wife says in one of her letters: " I name him, and think him, my Tom of ten millions; ten thousand is not giving him his full value.-'' He died while his famous brother Charles was still very-young ; but his memory will long live in " Tom Bowling." The song, of which the air also is Dibdin's, was introduced into the author's play called " The Oddities."
May not Tom Bowling have been the model of the so-called new "school" of poetry, in which Bret Harte and John Hay are the most conspicuous pupils?