Born: baptised 20 December 1579, Rye, Sussex,
Died: 29 August 1625, Southwark
John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration.
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Musical settings of literary works
- All ye woods (Henry Lahee)
- Better music ne'er was known (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Dirge for the faithful lover (Julius Benedict)
- Invocation to Sleep (Julius Benedict)
- Lay a garland (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- Lay a garland on my hearse (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)
- Old May-day (Julius Benedict)
- Song to Pan (John Liptrot Hatton)
- Take, O take those lips away (Samuel Reay)
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