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The Sea King

Language: English

Come sing, Come sing, of the great Sea-King,
And the fame that now hangs o'er him,
Who once did sweep o'er the vanquish'd deep,
And drove the world before him!
His deck was a throne, on the ocean lone,
And the sea was his park of pleasure,
Where he scattered in fear the human deer,
And rested, -- when he had leisure!
    Come, -- shout and sing
    Of the great Sea-King,
    And ride in the track he rode in!
    He sits at the head
    Of the mighty dead,
    On the red right hand of Odin!

He sprang, from birth, like a God on earth,
And soared on his victor pinions,
And he traversed the sea, as the eagles flee,
When they gaze on their blue dominions.
His whole earth life was a conquering strife,
And he lived till his beard grew hoary,
And he died at last, by his blood-red mast,
And now -- he is lost in glory!
    So, -- shout and sing, &c.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-03-23.
Last modified: 2016-10-28 09:09:33
Line count: 23
Word count: 161

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