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Halley's comet passed in 1835 It became visible from Britain in October [i] its appearance was widely anticipated so the song may have been written before the comet was visible.

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"Looking at Halley's Comet 1835 , by John James Chalon, 1835 [ii]

References:

[i] Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail Saturday 03 October 1835 p3
[ii] National Maritime Museum http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/268885.html

 

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