The lifeboat (John Liptrot Hatton)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-10). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 107 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: The lifeboat
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: B. S. Montgomery
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: ATTB
Genre: Secular, Partsong
First published: 1874 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 7, no. 238
Original text and translations
'Tis night! upon the Cornish coast
Full loud the breakers roar!
And helplessly yon gallant barque
Drifts on the dark lee shore!
And quickly now the signal guns
Boom high above the gale!
O, many a dark-eyed Cornish girl
At that wild sound grows pale!
"The lifeboat's manned! stand clear ahead!
There's death upon the gale!
Cheer up, dear lass, one parting kiss,
Your lips look cold and pale!
The lifeboat's manned! stand clear ahead!
No time to sigh for home!
Hurrah! the gallant lifeboat
Sweeps through the seething foam!
Bend boldly to your task, brave hearts!
It is a glorious strife;
On every oar-blade flashing high
There hangs some loved one's life!
A cheer so faint! comes down the wind!
All hands we yet may save,
Now lift our gallant lifeboat
Like lightning o'er the wave!