Who is William Schwenck Gilbert

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his collaboration with composer Arthur Sullivan, which produced fourteen comic operas. The most famous of these include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. The popularity of these works was supported for over a century by year-round performances of them, in Britain and abroad, by the repertory company that Gilbert, Sullivan and their producer Richard D'Oyly Carte founded, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. These Savoy operas are still frequently performed in the English-speaking world and beyond.Gilbert's creative output included over 75 plays and libretti, an...
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William Schwenck Gilbert Poems

  • Baines Carew, Gentleman
    Of all the good attorneys who
    Have placed their names upon the roll,
    But few could equal BAINES CAREW
    For tender-heartedness and soul. ...
  • The Practical Joker
    Oh what a fund of joy jocund lies hid in harmless hoaxes!
    What keen enjoyment springs
    From cheap and simple things!
    What deep delight from sources trite inventive humour coaxes, ...
  • Only Roses!
    To a garden full of posies
    Cometh one to gather flowers,
    And he wanders through its bowers
    Toying with the wanton roses, ...
  • The Pantomime "super" To His Mask
    Vast empty shell!
    Impertinent, preposterous abortion!
    With vacant stare,
    And ragged hair, ...
  • The Yarn Of The "nancy Bell"
    'Twas on the shores that round our coast
    From Deal to Ramsgate span,
    That I found alone, on a piece of stone,
    An elderly naval man. ...
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Roger89835988: as william schwenck gilbert apparently said: "culpae poenae par esto" (since the legal profession / judicial system loves its latin).
Anchor_now: the first verse of, "the yarn of the 'nancy bell'" (1866) sir william schwenck gilbert. ‘twas on the shores that round our coast from deal to ramsgate span, that i found alone on a piece of stone an elderly naval man.
Nestruck: how did i not know until now that ws gilbert’s initials stood for william schwenck?
Beforetimesshop: carved copper printing block with graphics and text from "brave alum bey" poem by william schwenck gilbert. available at
Porcusdelicti: sir william schwenck gilbert t-shirt
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 by John Milton

Part of an entertainment presented to the Countess Dowager of
Darby at Harefield, by som Noble persons of her Family, who
appear on the Scene in pastoral habit, moving toward the seat
of State with this Song.


Look Nymphs, and Shepherds look,

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