Cargoes (Peter C. Lutkin)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 341 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cargoes
Composer: Peter C. Lutkin
Lyricist: John Masefield
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1922 H. W. Gray
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke-stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.