Nymphs' song (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-11-15).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nymphs' song
Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Lyricist: Stephen Phillips
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1902 Novello's Octavo edition of Trios etc. for Female Voices no.345
Description: From "Ulysses".

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Original text and translations

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From the green heart of the waters,
We, old ocean's daughters,
Have floated up with mortal man to play.
Out ot he deep translucent night,
Up to the purple earthly light,
To dance with creatures of a day.
For alas! we have seen the sailor asleep,
Where the anchor rusts on the ooze of the deep,
But never, never, never before
Have we seen a mortal dance on the long seashore.
See Ulysses, heavy and hire!
Sing low, with downcast eyes,
For he rouses at last,
And his eyes are cast
To the land where his spirit would be,
Over the violet sea.
Alas! for his arms that yearn,
Alas! for the eyes that burn.
Ulysses! Ulysses! ah!