Bells across the sea (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77259:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 465 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Bells across the sea
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: Frederic Edward Weatherly
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Lamborn Cock & Co.

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Original text and translations

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Across the sea, across the sea,
Whose mellow music faints and swells,
Along the wind there comes to me
The sound of distant village bells,
Pealing from some dim churchyard grey,
And vocal with its peace are they.
Ring, ring on, O bells,
Sweet sounds ye are to me;
Ring on, O bells,
Across the sea.

Across the years, Across the years,
I hear the bells of days long slain,
Of flow’rtimes free from tren and tears,
Of love that will not wake again,
There comes a glimpse of far off times
An echo of long silent rhymes.
Ring on, ring on, O bells,
Recalling joys and tears;
Ring on, O bells,
across the sea.