Pull away merrily (John Harrison Tenney)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-06-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 448 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Pull away merrily
Composer: John Harrison Tenney
Lyricist: George Pope Morris
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1893 The Ruebush-Kieffer Co.
Description: BOAT-SONG

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Original text and translations

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Pull away merrily—over the waters!
    Tug to your oars for the wood-tangled shore;
We’re off and afloat with earth’s loveliest daughters,
    Worth all the argosies wave ever bore.
Pull away gallantly—pull away valiantly—
    Pull with a swoop, boys; and pull for the shore:
        Merrily, merrily, bend to the oar!

Pull away cheerily!—land is before us—
    Green groves are flinging their balm to the spray;
The sky, like the spirit of love, bending o’er us,
    Lights her bright torches to show us the way.
Pull away charily—pull away warily—
    Pull with a nerve, boys; together give way:
        Merrily, merrily, pull to the lay!

Pull away heartily—light winds are blowing,
    Crisping the ripples that dance at our side;
The moon bathes in silver the path we are going,
    Night is arrayed in her robes like a bride.
Pull away readily—pull away steadily—
    Pull with a will, boys, and sing as we glide
        Merrily, merrily, over the tide!