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44 Songs That Every Child Should Know
And if from God thou dost receive
A sweetheart, whom thou wouldst believe
Thine only, There shall not many days be gone, Ere she shall leave thee all alone,
And lonely — ay, lonely.
Kathleen Mavourneen
The music of this song brought its composer ten pounds. A tender, sentimental incident attaches to the composition, which is as follows. This song was so beloved of an Irish lad named James Marion Roche, from his childhood to manhood, that the' composer became in time a sort of dream-creature to Roche, and as beloved as unknown. Years after the song was written, Roche learned that the composer was living in poverty. Roche went to him, gained Crouch's good graces, and finally induced the composer to adopt him. By this tactful means he put himself into the way of taking care of Crouch without the man he so admired feeling under extraordinary obligation.
Words by Mrs. Crawford. Music by F. Nicholas Crouch.
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