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The Best Songs Of All Nations For Young People With Sheet Music & Lyrics.

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14 Songs That Every Child Should Know
Ben Bolt
Melody is German. Words were written in 1842. Music was adapted to the words by Nelson Kneass. Music was written to the words by Dr. English, but was written entirely for the black keys, and was unsuccessful. Dr. English's original intention was to write a sea song, but his purpose took flight and his original intention is betrayed only in the last line. A ship was named Ben Bolt, also a steamboat was thus named ; — both were wrecked. A play was written upon the idea, and this song alone made its publisher rich. By reason of its popularity, it is the most marvellous of songs ever written.
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