Silent, O Moyle! (Joseph Seymour)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-06)  CPDL #77900:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-06).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 588 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Silent, O Moyle!
Composer: Joseph Seymour
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1898 Novello and Co.
Description: Irish melody

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Original text and translations

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Silent, O Moyle, be the roar of thy water,
Break not, ye breezes, your chain of repose,
Whilst, murmuring mournfully, Lir’s lonely daughter
Tells to the night-star her tale of woes.
When shall the swan, her death-note singing,
Sleep, with wings in darkness furled?
When shall heaven, its sweet bell ringing,
Call my spirit from this stormy world?

Sadly, O Moyle, to thy winter-wave weeping,
Fate bids me languish long ages away;
Yet still in her darkness doth Erin lie sleeping,
Still doth the pure light its dawn delay!
When will that day-star, mildly springing,
Warm our hearts with peace and love?
When shall heaven, its sweet bell ringing,
Call my spirit to the fields above?