Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain, Op. 91:3 (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-29)  CPDL #45704:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-07-29).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain, Op. 91:3
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Henry Newbolt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TBB, with Baritone solo
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1904
Description: No. 3 from 'Songs of the Sea'.

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Original text and translations

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Drake in the North Sea grimly prowling,
Treading his dear Revenge's deck,
Watched, with the sea-dogs round him growling,
Galleons drifting wreck by wreck.
"Fetter and Faith for England's neck,
Faggot and Father, Saint and chain, -
Yonder the Devil and all go howling,
Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain!"

Drake at the last off Nombre lying,
Knowing the night that toward him crept,
Gave to the sea-dogs round him crying
This for a sign before he slept: -
"Pride of the West! What Devon hath kept
Devon shall keep on tide or main;
Call to the storm and drive them flying,
Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain!"

Valour of England gaunt and whitening,
Far in a South land brought to bay,
Locked in a death-grip all day tightening,
Waited the end in twilight gray.
Battle and storm and the sea-dog's way
Drake from his long rest turned again,
Victory lit thy steel with lightning,
Devon, O Devon, in wind and rain!