O Mistress Mine

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O Mistress Mine

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1788 was the year in which Stevens wrote this delightful setting of the Shakespeare song, but he records with some disappointment the fact that it "was so little admired at the Catch Club, that it had not votes enough in the Committee" which decided the Prize-winning Glees that year. So we can understand his satisfaction when, the following year, it became clear that this was, in fact, a very popular piece. No less a luminary than the Earl of Sandwich liked it, apparently, though he made himself the object of much merriment when he wondered aloud "what fool could write such absurd poetry as 'Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty'?" It was Stevens' fellow-composer, Knyvett, who told his Lordship the poet's name, to the delight of the assembled company.

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Stevens

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