Friday, November 18, 2011

W. S. Gilbert

Things are seldom what they seem
Skim milk masquerades as cream.
From H.M.S. Pinafore (1878).  Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was a facile lyricist who is considered by many to be the greatest comic opera librettist in history.  His collaborations with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan remain as popular today as ever.  Gilbert was born on this date in 1836.

Gilbert and Sullivan

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