The moon shone calmly bright (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-25)  CPDL #76657:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-25).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 409 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The moon shone calmly bright
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: John Imlah

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 370

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Original text and translations

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1  The moon shone calmly bright,
upon the slumbering scene,
Ten thousand stars shone out that night
around their placid Queen;
A ship has left the shore,
where shall that good ship be
Ere fills the moon one bright horn more?
Deep in the booming sea!

2  "What fear? the breeze tonight
can scarce a ripple make;
And slow moves the ship with her wings of white,
like a swan o'er a moonlit lake!"
Ah! little dreamt they then
The change so soon to be,
As arose the songs of those gallant men,
on the deep and booming sea!

3  'Tis morn, but such a morn
may barque ne'er brave again,
Through vaulting billows tempest-torn,
toils the reeling ship in vain!
The waves are hushed and blue,
But where, oh! where is she,
The good ship with her gallant men?
Deep in the booming sea!