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In 1890 Gilbert collected together several lyrics from the operas he had written with Sullivan and published them under the title "Songs of a Savoyard", illustrating them with line drawings. In 1897 The Bab Ballads, with which are included Songs of a Savoyard — a collection of all the Bab Ballads which had previously been published in book form, along with lyrics from Songs of a Savoyard, plus some post-1890 lyrics — was issued with mainly new drawings.

These drawings may be used to illustrate programmes or other publicity material without permission. Click on the song title to download a high resolution file suitable for printing.

Thanks to Diana Burleigh for identifying the drawings.

*In Songs of a Savoyard the first line si given as "I am the very pattern of a modern Major-General"

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