’Twas fancy & the ocean’s spray (George Alexander Osborne)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-22)  CPDL #77533:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 433 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: ’Twas fancy & the ocean’s spray
Composer: George Alexander Osborne
Lyricist: Robert West Taylor
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1862 Chappell & Co.
Description: Six Four-part Songs, No. 4

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Original text and translations

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As sadly o’er the rippling wave
I wandered once at daylight’s close,
Where crested billows toss and lave
The giant rocks in calm repose,
Methought the sound of music sweet,
From distance borne, came o’er the main,
Which ever and anon would meet
My ears, then softly die again.
Alas! ’twas fancy led the way,
’Twas fancy and the ocean’s spray.

The silent air seemed sudden roused
With sounds of mirth and boisterous glee,
As though some joyous band caroused
And reveled ’neath the sea.
’Twas only fancy led the way,
’Twas fancy and the ocean’s spray.