by Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844)

Angel of life
Language: English 
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.

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1 Callcott: "Yet"

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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-04-07
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Word count: 112