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“Love laid his sleepless head,” a tenor song, composed by Mr. Arthur Sullivan (to stanzas by Algernon Swinburne), for his incidental music to the Merry Wives of Windsor, and marked by genuine feeling, was given true expression by Mr. Edward Lloyd. Nothing could have afforded a more striking contrast to the overture [to Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.] than this graceful effusion which, if on that account alone, was sure to make an impression.
The song was much liked, and equally so the singer; but, on being called for, Mr. Lloyd merely bowed, declining to accept an “encore,” and thereby following the initiative frequently set by an eminent brother artist.
N.B. The song is allotted to Anne Page in the play.
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