When winds breathe soft (Samuel Webbe)

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  • (Posted 2014-06-13)  CPDL #32255:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-06-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from The British minstrel and musical and literary miscellany.
  • (Posted 2006-04-20)  CPDL #11520:    (MIDI)   (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Robert Nottingham (submitted 2006-04-20).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Rehearsal MIDI files are zipped. MIDI zip file includes a mix and each part brought to the foreground in 6 separate files.

General Information

Title: When winds breathe soft
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: Samuel Webbe

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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When winds breathe soft, along the silent deep,
The waters curl, the peaceful billows sleep:
A stronger gale the troubled waves awakes;
The surface roughens, and the ocean shakes.

More dreadful still, when furious storms arise,
The mounting billows bellow to the skies;
On liquid rocks the tott'ring vessels toss'd,
Unnumber'd surges lash the foaming coast:
The raging waves, excited by the blast,
Whiten with wrath, and split the sturdy mast.

When, in an instant, He who rules the floods,
Earth, air, and fire, Jehovah God of gods!
In pleading accents speaks his sovereign will,
And bids the waters and the winds be still.
Hush'd are the winds, the waters cease to roar;
Safe are the seas, and silent as the shore.

Now say, what joy elates the sailors breast,
With prosp'rous gale so unexpected blest!
What ease, what transport in each face is seen!
The heavens look bright, the air and sea serene:
For ev'ry 'plaint we hear a joyful strain
To Him, whose power unbounded rules the main.