Performed by Derek B. Scott, Professor of Critical Musicology, University of Leeds, to his own piano accompaniment c. 1980.

According to Professor Scott, this twentieth-century ballad turns away from a concern with morality and tends to dwell on emotion for its own sake. This song offers an example of the shift in ethos, as a reaction to Victorian morality took root. However, it becomes difficult to counterbalance the accusation that expression of sentiment was turning into self-indulgence.

Bibliography

Scott, Derek B. The Singing Bourgeois: Songs of the Victorian Drawing Room and Parlour. 2nd ed. Aldershot, Hampshire; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.

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