What is William Schwenk Gilbert?

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    I am the very pattern of a modern Major-Gineral,
    I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral;
    I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical,
    From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
    —Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)

    It’s true I’ve got no shirts to wear;
    It’s true my butcher’s bill is due;
    It’s true my prospects all look blue—
    But don’t let that unsettle you:
    —Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)