Sea Fern (John Paul Morgan)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 575 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sea Fern
Composer: John Paul Morgan
Lyricist: Virginia Houston Woods Morgan
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 M. Gray

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Original text and translations

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Tangled and toss’d by the willful sea—
What is thy secret? Tell it me, tell it me.
Where is thy home, thou foam toss’d spray,
Left ’mongst the rocks by the surf’s rude play?
Ah, me! Woe’s me, thou willful sea,
Thy smile itself is treachery, is treachery.
This delicate fern, from thy bosom flung,
This dainty thing from thy dark heart wrung.
Wind toss’d, and wind driv’n by thee
Is my love, my love, thou greedy sea.
Is the heart of my heart, thou merciless sea,
Say, wilt thou give him again to me?