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I Heard the Nightingale
Words by Rev. C. H. Townshend.
Dedicated to Captain C. J. Ottley.
Published by Chappell & Co., 1863.


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Captain Ottley was a friend of Rev. Thomas Helmore (the "Master of the Children" at the Chapel Royal where Sullivan had been a chorister), and recommended Sullivan for the post of organist at St. Michael's, Chester Square, in 1861 at a salary of £80 a year.

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I heard the nightingale so sadly singing
On a thorn above,
Ah, I said, how thou art grieving,
How thou art grieving!
No! sigh'd she... I love!
I love!

Her the stock-dove now was joining,
By sad notes the soul to move;
Ah, I said, how thou art pining
How thou art pining.
No wail'd she, I love!
I love!

So it is with me; you see me rage and weep,
And anguish prove.
Ah! you say how much you suffer...
No, indeed!
I love! I love!
Ah! you say how much you suffer...
No, indeed!
I love! I love!
Amy
(Arthur Hughes)
Hughes - Amy

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