Musing on the roaring ocean
Language: Scottish (Scots)
Musing on the roaring ocean,
Which divides my love and me,
[Wearying]1 heaven in warm devotion
For his weal where'er he be:
Hope and Fear's alternate billow
Yielding late to Nature's law,
[Whispering]2 spirits round my pillow,
Talk of him that 's far awa.
Ye whom sorrow never wounded,
Ye who never shed a tear,
Gaudy day to you is dear.
Gentle night, do thou befriend me!
Downy sleep, the curtain draw!
Spirits kind, again attend me,
Talk of him that 's far awa!
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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 211.
1 Bennett: "Wearing" (typo?)
2 Bennett: "Whisp'ring"
Submitted by Pierre Mathé
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Musing on the roaring ocean", WoO. 152 (25 irische Lieder) no. 13, G. 223 no. 13 (1810/3). [voice, violin, violoncello, piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by William Sterndale Bennett (1816 - 1875), "Musing on the roaring ocean", op. 23 (Sechs Gesänge für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 1, published 1842 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Kistner, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text verified 1 time]
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Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Am Strande"
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Songeant à l'océan mugissant", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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