When ships put out to sea (William Otto Miessner)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-16)  CPDL #77399:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 885 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When ships put out to sea
Composer: William Otto Miessner
Lyricist: Madison Julius Cawein
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1923 Silver, Burdett and Company

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Original text and translations

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It’s “Sweet, good-bye,” when pennants fly
    And ships put out to sea;
It’s a loving kiss, and a tear or two
In an eye of brown or an eye of blue:—
    And you’ll remember me,
    And you’ll remember me.

It’s “Friend or foe?” when signals blow
    And ships sight ships at sea;
It’s “Clear for action, and man the guns!”
As the battle nears or the battle runs;—
    And you’ll remember me,
    And you’ll remember me.

It’s doom and death, and pause a breath,
    When ships go down at sea;
And hate is over and love begins,
And war is cruel whoever wins;—
    And you’ll remember me,
    And you’ll remember me.