The calm of the sea (Henry Hiles)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-27)  CPDL #57241:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-27).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation.

General Information

Title: The calm of the sea
Composer: Henry Hiles
Lyricist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 380

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Original text and translations

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Deeply still, without a motion,
Lies the bosom of the deep;
While each breeze that roams the ocean
On its surface seems to sleep.
Scarcely swells a single wave,
All is silent as the grave.
But Heav'n grows brighter, the clouds part asunder:
The billows break under her prow as she passes.
Loud murmurs the sea-breeze that slumbered before:
The ship spreads her pinions, and lo! 'tis the shore.

Translation by C. E. Hampton