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Brown eyed Nell
Additional title: Brown eyed Nell is so charming, her heart so gay. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Long years ago, when but a lad, I knew a little brown eyed maid. [first line]
Byers, Ninian Edward (Composer)
Byers, Ninian Edward (Lyricist)
Kaemmerer, Frederick Hendrik (1839-1902) (Illustrator)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: N.E. Byers & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Love songs
Sexual attraction
Sheet music
Content: On cover: New parlor songs by Ninian E. Byers. Cover includes portrait photograph of Byers.
Content: Attribution below caption title says: W. E. Byers. [sic]
Content: Summary: The narrator is enraptured by his girlfriend who has promised to marry him.
Content: Cover includes reproductions of a painting by Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer showing a man and woman dressed in 18th century clothes, walking in a forest by a lake with a moon in the background.
Content: Handwritten dedication by the composer on cover at top center: The sisters, with compliments, Byers.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by W.E. Byers.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ee074bd0-c590-012f-e1d6-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Brown eyed Nell" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

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APA Format

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Brown eyed Nell