A Nameless Grave (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-13)  CPDL #34293:       
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2015-01-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest At sign.png yahoo.co.uk) of intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: A Nameless Grave

Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Mezzosoprano
Genre: SecularLament

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2015

External websites:

Original text and translations

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‘A soldier of the Union mustered out,'

Is the inscription on an unknown grave

At Newport News, beside the salt-sea wave,

Nameless and dateless; sentinel or scout

Shot down in skirmish, or disastrous rout

Of battle, when the loud artillery drave

Its iron wedges through the ranks of brave

And doomed battalions, storming the redoubt.

Thou unknown hero sleeping by the sea

In thy forgotten grave! With secret shame

I feel my pulses beat, my forehead burn,

When I remember thou hast given for me

All that thou hadst, thy life, thy very name,

And I can give thee nothing in return.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 30 November 1874