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Orpheus with his Lute
Words by William Shakespeare.
Dedicated to Louisa Crampton.
Published by Metzler & Co., 1866.



Orpheus with his Lute, from Henry VIII, is one of a set of five 'Shakespeare Songs' which Sullivan composed during 1863 and 1864. The others are Sigh No More, Ladies, O Mistress Mine, Rosalind and The Willow Song.Sullivan sold these songs to the publisher for five guineas each but it did not take him long to discover this was a mistake and that if he were paid for songs on a royalty basis, he could increase his income from them substantially.


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Orpheus with his lute, with his lute made trees
And the mountain tops that freeze
Bow themselves when he did sing.
Orpheus with his lute, with his lute made trees
And the mountain tops that freeze
Bow themselves when he did sing.
Bow themselves when he did sing.
To his music plants and flow'rs
Ever sprung as sun and show'rs
There had made a lasting spring.

To his music plants and flow'rs
Ever sprung as sun and show'rs
There had made a lasting spring.

Ev'ry thing that heard him play
Ev'n the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads and then lay by,
Hung their heads and then lay by,

In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart,
In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart,
Fall asleep, or hearing die,
Fall asleep, or hearing die.
The Young Orpheus
(Henry Ryland)
Ryland - Orpheus

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