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A Song of Sleep

First line:
Sleep, darling, sleep, the daylight
author of text

The place of ballads in the drawing-rooms of the British aristocracy is well demonstrated by the involvement of Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset. The second son of the 8th Duke of Beaufort, he was married at the age of 24 to the daughter of the third Earl of Somer. It was apparently a marriage of convenience and was not a success. While Lady Somerset, an heiress in her own right, devoted herself to philanthropic work, her husband pursued a variety of endeavours. These included the post of Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household from 1874 to 1879, as well as song composition. Later he lived in Florence, where he died.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003


More songs my father taught me
CDA67374Archive Service


Track 5 on CDA67374 [2'32] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67374 track 5

Recording date
9 January 2002
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. More songs my father taught me (CDA67374)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2003
    Deletion date: December 2020
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