EARLY 19TH CENTURY BROADSIDE WITH THREE COLUMNS OF SONGS, INCLUDING ONE COMMEMORATING THE DEATH OF LORD NELSON.

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T. Brooks, Song Publisher, 4, Kingsmead Square, Bath. N.D. (c.1806). 1 side, 2 small woodcuts. Printed on thin paper, top 4 cm laid down on card ; contained in protective sleeve. Broadside 25 x 18cm. Edges frayed in parts but o/w V.G. A broadside printed in Bath c.1806 containing three songs, the first two entitled : Could you lend my mother a Saucepan, and Silver Thread among the Gold. The lyrics for the latter were claimed by the American songwriter, Eben E. Rexford (1848-1916) to have been written by him, but clearly, this song, that has enjoyed so much success, was of English origin and written much earlier. The third song, The Death of Nelson, dates the broadside to around 1805 or 1806. It consists of a Recitative and Air and was composed by S. J. Arnold (1774-1852) and most famously sung by John Braham (1774-1856). The Air begins ‘Twas in Trafalgar’s bay We saw the Frenchmen lay, Each heart was bounding then. We scorned the foreign yoke, Our ships were British oak, And hearts of oak our men … Lady Hamilton heard this piece during an opera in London, and fainted at the words and had to be carried from her private box. It was printed during the 19th century many times : in Vocal Annual for 1831 for example, and Polka Song Book in 1845. A RARE provincial Broadside.


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