Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
Moral and Religious Songs.
It is a singular coincidence that the two most intimately associated married names in political and literary life in England, should be identical—the William and Mary who wielded the sceptre, and the William and Mary who wielded the pen. Mary Howitt was born at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England, about 1804. Her young days were passed there, until she married. With her husband she studied, travelled, wrote and published in prose and poetry. She had children of unusual brightness, and we may fancy that it was for their delight and instruction she wrote a The Spider and the Fly." The music for it has been attributed to Henry Russell, who used to sing it in his concerts; but it is an old English air, " Will you come to the bower."