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During the first two periods of parliamentary history, the whole authority of government was vested in the Crown; during the third it gradually passed into the possession of the aristocracy: and it is only within the last century that the people, through their representatives in the House of Commons, have gained a complete political ascendency. ...But though Pitt, the first Prime Minister who did not retain any of the public money for distribution among his friends and supporters, managed to reduce 'places' worth over £200,000, after the American War, there still remained any number of inflated pensions and sinecures in the gift of the Government,27 and it was not until Parliament came to be controlled entirely by public opinion that the change from corruption to purity took place.
About Harry Graham, the Author:
During the war, Graham started to write lyrics for English operettas and musical comedies, including Tina (1915), Sybil (1916), the 1917 hit operetta The Maid of the Mountains and A Southern Maid (1920), and English adaptations of European operettas such as Whirled into Happiness (1922), Madame Pompadour (1923), The Land of Smiles (1931) and many others. His best known lyrics were 'You are my heart's delight', his English version of 'Dein ist mein ganzes Herz', from The Land of Smiles, composed by Franz Lehár (and made famous by the popular tenor Richard Tauber), and 'Goodbye', from his English adaptation of The White Horse Inn (originally 'Adieu, mein kleiner Gardeoffizier' from Robert Stolz's operetta Die lustigen Weiber von Wien, a song which later achieved great popularity as sung by Josef Locke).