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THE BOOK

OF

MODERN SONGS.

EDITED

By J. E. CARPENTER.
ACTIOR OF "500 Songs AND BALLADS."

"Pray, now, buy some: I love a ballad in print."

SHAKSPLARE,
We'll have this song out anon by ourseltes.

IBID.

LONDON:

G. ROUTLEDGE & CO., FARRINGDON STREET.

NEW YORK: 18, BEEKMAN STREET.

1858.

280.5.214.

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PREFACE.

The following collection of songs and ballads will, it is hoped, supply a want that has long been mani. fest-viz., that there was no book of modern songs entirely free from those questionable productions which, though popular enough in the streets and at the lower-class theatres and concert-rooms, are scarcely such as should find a place in a work acceptable alike to age and youth. While poetic merit has been the standard upon which the songs inserted in the following pages have been admitted, the Editor has not hesitated to include such lyrics as have become extremely popular, but which, as poems, would not; perhaps, endure too severe a test. His chief aim has been to render the volume as useful to the vocalist as he trusts it will prove interesting to the general reader. To those music publishers who have so kindly granted him permission to include the songs of which they hold the copyrights, he begs to tender his sincere acknowledgments.

NOTTING HILL, Dec. 1857.

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