A sea maid sings on yonder reef, The spell-bound seals draw near; Her lilt that lures beyond belief Mortals enchanted hear. Hoiran, oiran, oiran, oiro, Hoiran, oiran, oiran, eero, Hoiran, oiran, oiran, eelaleuran, Hoiran, oiran, oiran, eero. The wond'ring ploughman halts his plough, The maid her milking stays, While sheep on hillside, birds on bough, Pause and listen in amaze. Was it a dream, were all asleep, Or did she cease her strain? For the seals with a splash dive into the deep And the world goes on again, But lingers the refrain.
- by Harold Boulton, Sir (1859 - 1935) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir (1868 - 1946), "Song to the seals" [voice and piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
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