The sea hath its pearls (Paul Ambrose)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-15)  CPDL #75423:       
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 411 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Sea hath its Pearls
Composer: Paul Ambrose
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1896 Arthur P. Schmidt

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Original text and translations

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The sea hath its pearls,
   The heaven hath its stars;
But my heart, my heart,
   My heart hath its love.

Great are the sea and the heaven,
   Yet greater is my heart;
And fairer than pearls and stars
   Flashes and beams my love.

Thou little, youthful maiden,
   Come unto my great heart;
My heart, and the sea, and the heaven
   Are melting away with love!

Translation by Longfellow from the German of Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)