Bells of dream-land (James Holmes Rosecrans)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-01).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 333 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Bells of dream-land
Composer: James Holmes Rosecrans
Lyricist: J. E. Whitneycreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 Oliver Ditson & Co.

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Original text and translations

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On that far off shore of being,
Whence the subtlest feelings flow,
Listen to the mystic pealing,
From the land of dream and glow.

Peal, O sweet-toned bells of dreamland,
Far beyond life’s restless flow,
Soft thy tones are sinking, swelling,
As the winds of fancy blow.

Undefined, elusive ever,
Fairy echoes fill the air,
From the sweet-toned bells of dreamland,
Wakened into beauty there.

See the shells of fairy boatmen,
Hear the songs the oarsmen sing,
See the reefs and caves of coral,
Where the weeds and mosses cling.

Purple waves forever flowing,
Melt the murmuring shores along,
Birds of more than mortal beauty,
Thrill with more than mortal song.