Love's tempest (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2014-06-30)  CPDL #32371:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-06-30).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Love's tempest
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Rosa Newmarch , after Apollon Maykov

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1914

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Silent lay the sapphire ocean,
Till a tempest came to wake
All its roaring, seething billows
That upon earth's ramparts break.

Quiet was my heart within me,
Till your image, suddenly
Rising there, awoke a tumult
Wilder than the storm at sea.

inspired by a Russian poem written by Apollon N. Majkov (1821-1897)

German.png German translation

Die saphirne See lag schweigend,
bis ein Sturm mit wilder Hand
Gischten türmte, die mit Brüllen
bersten an der Klippen Wand.

In mir schwieg mein Herze stille,
bis dein Bild mit flammend Glut
ein Verlangen drin entfachte,
wilder als des Sturmes Wut.

Poetic translation released under the CPDL license by Jan-Frerk Burmester . The translator would appreciate feedback if you use his translations - please email: jf.burmester(a)