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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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