All is still (Matthew Lindsay McPhail)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: All is still
Composer: Matthew Lindsay McPhail
Lyricist: John Oxenford
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1894 A. Beirly, publisher

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Original text and translations

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All is still, the night comes creeping,
And its curtains gently close
O’er the winds that calmly sleeping
On the glassy sea repose;
Now the moon is softly beaming
Thro’ her light and misty veil;
Sure of grief and she must dream,
Or she would not look so pale.

All is still, and without motion
Lies the sea’s unruffled breast;
Yet within I hear the ocean,
That will never, never rest;
For my heart, unchecked, unguided,
On the waves of doubt are tossed;
When the storm will be at rest,
Then the vessel will be lost.