The Shipwreck (James R. Dye)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-11)  CPDL #76242:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-11).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 620 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Shipwreck
Composer: James R. Dye
Arranger: John R. Dunham
Lyricist: Samuel James Arnold
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 Chicago Music Co.
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Original text and translations

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On board the Valiant we set sail,
Our streamers waving in the wind,
The sails distended by the gale,
Seemed to forget the shore behind.
The sailor to the topmast flies,
To wave his handkerchief in air;
And on the towering cliff descries
His own true Polly weeping there;
And hears her sigh, adieu, adieu!

Now fresher blows the sou’west gale,
In peace no more the waters sleep;
The storm that rent the vessel’s sail,
Loud murmured o’er the sullen deep;
The sailor to the topmast flies,
To wave his handkerchief in air,
And on the towering cliff descries
To find his Polly weeping there;
And hears her sigh, adieu, adieu!

The storm, grown louder, splits the mast;
The hurricane more fiercely blows;
And as against the rocks we cast,
Our vessel to the bottom goes;
No more the sailor sees the land,
Yet waves his handkerchief in air,
In vain he seeks the well known strand,
To find his Polly weeping there,
And hears her sigh, adieu, adieu!

From the comic opera The Shipwreck