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picture of the day: The Swedish Nightengale

The Swedish Nightengale

Swedish-born Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the greatest operatic and concert soprano of her age, was already the toast of Europe when she was approached by American showman P.T. Barnum in 1847. Even before hearing her voice, Barnum signed the ‘Swedish Nightingale‘ for 150 American concerts at the enormous sum of $150,000. With the help of Barnum’s matchless marketing, Jenny Lind mania swept America, with crowds of the rich and famous and ordinary music lovers alike falling at her feet. This 1850 daguerreotype of Miss Lind was taken by Matthew Brady.

Image: Library of Congress

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The Dream Jenny Lind song


Arranged for piano by Erling Jan Sørensen
Played by Erling himself.


The Dream
Melody by Karl Muller
Lyricist: Fredericka Bremer

I dream I dream of my Fatherland,
As fancy my slumber beguiles
Where the spell of beuty each heart enthralls,
Where the home of my childhood smiles.
Ah! yes! I dream of wealth and pow’r
The wildest of visions could will.
But I wake to the truth in affection’s hour,
of the heart that loves me still.

I dream I dream of my Fatherland,
I dream of my Fatherland.
I dream of dream of my Fatherland,
I dream of my Fatherland.

I dream of bright eyes where affection beams,
While thine shall with pleasure be bright.
And hearts that realize fancy’s dreams
While thine is with happiness light.
Many while fortune her gifts hath spread,
Around me are slaves of my will.
But there is one when all shall have fled
That will Love me Love me still.

I dream, I dream of my Fatherland,
I dream of my Fatherland,
I dream, I dream of my Fatherland,
I dream of my Fatherland,

Jenny Lind’s Song No. 1. The Dream.
Johanna Maria Lind (October 6, 1820 November 2, 1887), better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish opera singer, often known as the “Swedish Nightingale“. One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JOHANNA “JENNY” MARIA LIND (1820) -Virginia Bruce as Janny Lind (1934)

Johanna “Jenny” Maria Lind (1820)

One of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her time, Lind was a Swedish opera star who caused a sensation touring Europe. Her fame led American showman P.T. Barnum to use his innovative publicity techniques to arrange a hugely successful 1850 US tour for her. Hans Christian Andersen once fell in love with her and wrote “The Nightingale” in her honor, leading to her nickname, “The Swedish Nightingale.” A clipper ship and a class of locomotive were named for Lind, as was what piece of furniture? More… Discuss