Artist: Henry PurcellAuthor: Henry Purcell/John DrydenYear: 1691
From his semi-opera King Arthur (Frost Scene - Third Act).
Klaus Nomi [also the last song he performed live (in Munich, December '82)]
Sting [on If On A Winter's Night, along with Purcell's Now Winter Comes Slowly from Act IV of masque opera The Fairy Queen (1692), based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream]
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