Cappeen Gorm (Percy Jackman)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-02)  CPDL #76874:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 420 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cappeen Gorm
Composer: Percy Jackman
Lyricist: Alice Elizabeth Gillington
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1895 J. Curwen & Sons
Description: Irish Air

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Original text and translations

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Oh, light as gossamer, see her toss
From the wave-crest to valley of foam;
She’s rowing to meet the returning Eleet,
And welcome her father home.
There’s none so charming, all hearts disarming,
No one so sweet and true,
As the dark little colleen across the Claddagh,
The girl with the cappeen blue!

While leaves are Eluttering, deep seas muttering,
Sullen of tone and hue,
On brown tresses clung her cap is swung,
Like hairbells poised in the dew!
And when she’s rowing, free and unknowing,
Hearts must go with her too!
The green seas are leaping the bows and weeping
Herself and the cappeen blue!

Then come, O come with me! I’ve a home for thee!
Safe as a seabird’s nest!
The wild winds are crying, the days are dying,
Oh, come from the sea’s unrest!
There’s none so gracious, nor so audacious,
No one so sweet and true,
As the dark little colleen across the Claddagh,
Yourself with the cappeen blue!