Silent, O! Moyle (Willem Verkaik)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-30)  CPDL #34940:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-03-30).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Silent, O! Moyle
Composer: Willem Verkaik
Lyricist: Thomas Moore

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SMATB
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2003

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Original text and translations

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Silent Oh! Moyle, be the roar of thy water,
Break not, ye breezes, your chain of repose;
While murmuring mournfully, Lir's lonely daughter
Tells to the nightstar her tale of woes.
When shall the swan, her deathnote singing,
Sleep, with wings in darkness furl'd?
When will Heav'n, its sweet bells ringing,
Call my spirit from this stormy world?

Silent, O! Moyle, to thy winterwave weeping,
Fate bids me languish long ages away;
Yet still in her darkness doth Erin lie sleeping,
Still doth the pure light its dawning delay.
When will that daystar, mildly springing,
Warm our isle with peace and love?
When will Heav'n, its sweet bells ringing,
Call my spirit to the fields above?