William Schwenk Gilbert (1836 - 1911) is an object lesson to us, a fine constructor of stirical verse,who died from a heart attach trying to save a young woman from drowning. Having financially failed at he Bar, he began humorous writing and drawing for PUNCH and particularly FUN. His Bab (Baby) Ballads began in FUN during 1861, gathered together first in 1869 and have been clustered together profitably ever since. His lyrics for Arthur Sullivan's music are sublime. My favourite is the Nightmare song from Iolanthe.