(Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard). Ten. Unjustly imprisoned and under sentence of death, he wants to marry to provide himself with a legal heir. He marries the blindfolded Elsie Maynard. He is released by Sergeant Meryll and passed off as Meryll's son Leonard, with whom Elsie falls in love. She is ultimately relieved to find that Leonard and her unknown husband are the same man. Aria: Is life a boon?; Free from his fetters grim. Created (1888) by Courtice (‘Charlie’) Pounds.