Lover, Samuel, Irish novelist, poet, painter, and composer, grandfather of Victor (August) Herbert; b. Dublin, Feb. 24, 1797; d. St. Helier, Jersey, July 6, 1868. He wrote music to several Irish plays, and to many songs; publ. Songs and Ballads (London, 1859). Among his most popular songs (some of which are set to old Irish tunes) are The Angel’s Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Low-Backed Car. He also wrote an opera, Grana Uïle, or The Island Queen (Dublin, Feb. 9, 1832), and devised a very successful musical entertainment, Irish Evenings (1844), with which he toured the British Isles and the U.S. (1846).
B. Bernard, Life of S. L., R.H.A., Artistic, Literary, and Musical (London, 1874); A. Symington, S. L.: A Biographical Sketch (London, 1880).
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