Anna Seward - between late 18th Century and early 19th Century
from Letter from Anna Seward to Walter Scott, Esq., 7 March 1805, page 209:
Oh that you could hear sung as I have often heard,
“My sheep I've neglected, I've lost my sheep-hook;”
—but the lips that so sweetly and emphatically expressed the charming air, adapted by the late Dr Arne to those elegant words, are closed in eternal silence. Other voices may be as fine, the skill and fancy of other singers as distinguished; but for all the graces and powers of touching expression, nor man nor woman ever sung as Saville sung.
Anna Seward, Letter from Anna Seward to Walter Scott, Esq., 7 March 1805. In Archibald Constable (ed.), Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, volume 6 (Edinburgh, 1811), p. 209. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1535813741562 accessed: 22 March, 2023
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'My sheep I've neglected, I've lost my sheep-hook'
written by Thomas Arne
|performed by John Saville|
|Date/Time||between late 18th Century and early 19th Century|