The Mermaid (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-15)  CPDL #78269:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-15).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 1.03 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Mermaid
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Lyricist: Charles A. Burroughs
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Novello, Ewer, and Co.

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Original text and translations

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When the pale moon o’er the waters
Casts her rays of quivering light,
Old Ocean’s fairy daughters
Wake the echoes of the night,
While floating on the billows
Of the gently heaving deep,
Ere upon their coral pillows
Their soft eyelids close in sleep.

With the music of their singing,
Round the deep caves of the bay,
And their melody is ringing
In the valley far away;
For the wild fantastic measure
Fills afar the inland dale,
The melodious notes of pleasure
Hush the pensive nightingale.

As the cadence of their voices
Fall adown the dying breeze,
The sailor lad rejoices
At the music of the seas;
For they sing of love and gladness
In their sweetly sounding strain,
They break his spell of sadness,
And he dreams of home again.