Adelaide Procter is little known today, even as her pseudonym, Mary Berwick. She was, among other things, a friend of Charles Dickens , who spoke of
'...the enthusiasm for doing good that filled his young friend's heart.'
'...the ceaseless labours which she undertook in the cause of charity. She visited the sick; she taught the ignorant; she aided the widening of woman's sphere of exertion.'
The words are part of her limited output of poems, which are
'remarkable for their simplicity and directness of style .... songs, whose full beauty can not be appreciated until we hear them sung.'Arthur Sullivan
Of the two contributors, Arthur Sullivan , is rather better known as one half of Gilbert and Sullivan , the partnership which gave us the light (or comic) opera collection of some 14 pieces, presented by the D'Oyly Carte company . Perhaps the best known are such gems as The Mikado , The Gondoliers , The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore .
Sullivan wrote his contribution to 'The Lost Chord' in 1876, after he had for several years been trying to set Procter's words toContinued page 3/6