Two Maidens (Peter C. Lutkin)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 401 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Two Maidens
Composer: Peter C. Lutkin
Lyricist: Julia Zitella Cocke
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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A laddie sailed out on a calm blue sea;
And two maidens fell a-weeping.
“Alas,” said they,
“’Tis a doleful day;
Mayhap nevermore
To the sweet green shore
Shall lover to me
And brother to thee,
Shall lover to thee
And brother to me,
Come back from the treacherous, smiling sea.”

A good ship went down in a wild, wild sea;
And two maidens fell a-weeping.
The years passed by,
And two cheeks were dry:—
A wife and a mother, with babe on her knee,
Sat crooning a tender old lullaby,
Nor thought of the lover beneath the sea;—
But at eventide,
By a lone fireside,
A sister sat weeping for him who had died,
Who came nevermore
To the bright green shore,
To wander with her the sweet meadows o’er.