A wet sheet and a flowing sea (Arnold Duncan Culley)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-06-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A wet sheet and a flowing sea
Composer: Arnold Duncan Culley
Lyricist: Allan Cunningham
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1892 The Orpheus (New series) no.241
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Original text and translations

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A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast;
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While like the eagle free
Away the good ship flies, and leaves
Old England on the lee.

O for a soft and gentle wind!
I heard a fair one cry;
But give to me the snoring breeze
And white waves heaving high;
And white waves heaving high, my lads,
The good ship tight and free—
The world of waters is our home,
And merry men are we.

There's tempest in yon hornéd moon,
And lightning in yon cloud;
But hark the music, mariners!
The wind is piping loud;
The wind is piping loud, my boys,
The lightning flashes free—
While the hollow oak our palace is,
Our heritage the sea.