Poet William Schwenck Gilbert


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William Schwenck Gilbert, born in London in 1836, was the son of a retired naval surgeon. Except for a kidnapping by Italian brigands in Italy at age two, and a ransomed release, he appears to have had a very normal upbringing. Beyond ordinary schooling, he took training as an artillery officer and was tutored in military science with hopes of participating in the Crimean War. Unfortunately for him, but not for us, he did not graduate until after the War was over. Gilbert subsequently joined the militia and was a member for 20 years. After finishing his military training Gilbert worked in...

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Op, Alle Christne, Stemmer I

Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Op, alle Christne, stemmer i!
Om Christus vil vi sjunge,
Med Sjæl og Hjerte sjunge vi,
Alt som med Mund og Tunge,
Og prise Herrens Kiærlighed,
Som sendte os fra Himlen ned...

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