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The author of the Master's Song
QUESTION : Who was the author of " the Master’s Song " ?
Answer : The author of the Master’s Song (" Here’s to his health in a Song ") sung at Installations was Richard Rome
Bealey, and it first appeared in print in his Field Flowers and City Chimes, a volume of verse printed by John Heywood of Manhester
Bealey was born 7th February, 1828, at Rochdale, and was for many years in business in Manchester. He was one of the founders of the Manchester Literary Club when he was living at Crumpsall, and its Secretary from 1865 to 1870. As originally printed, the song was entitled " The Man who is kind another ", and included a fourth verse which has not been reproduced for singing. It was set to music by Dr. John Morgan Bentley, a well-known Manchester musician of repute in his days, and appears to have been first sung in the Alexandra Lodge N° 993, Manchester, about 1875.