Recitativo: Angel of life! thy glittering wings explore Earth's loneliest bounds, and Ocean's wildest shore. Lo! to the wint'ry winds the pilot yields His bark careering o'er unfathom'd fields; Now on the Atlantic waves he rides afar, Where Andes, giant of the western star, With meteor-standard to the winds unfurl'd, Looks from his throne of clouds o'er half the world. Aria: Poor child of danger, nursling of the storm, Sad are the woes that wreck thy manly form! Rocks, waves, and winds the shatter'd bark delay; Thy heart is sad, thy home is far away. [But]1 Hope can here her moonlight vigils keep, And sing to charm the spirit of the deep.
1 Callcott: "Yet"
- by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844), "Angel of life" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler
This text was added to the website: 2020-04-07
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