Drake's Drum, Op. 91:1 (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-27)  CPDL #45685:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-07-27).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Baritone solo, with TBB chorus and piano accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2003-04-23)  CPDL #04837:      (Finale 2003)
Editor: Oliver Barton (submitted 2003-04-23).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 220 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Choral score, no accompaniment. TTB chorus. Also contains no.4, Homeward bound.

General Information

Title: Drake's Drum
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Henry Newbolt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TBB, and Solo Baritone
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1904
Description: No. 1 from 'Songs of the Sea'.

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Original text and translations

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Drake he's in his hammock till the great Armadas come,
(Captain, art thou sleeping there below?),
Slung atween the round shot, listenin' for the drum,
And dreaming all the time of Plymouth Hoe.
Call him on the deep sea, call him up the Sound,
Call him when ye sail to meet the foe;
Where the old trade's plying and the old flag flying,
They shall find him, ware and waking, as they found him long ago.