'Tis lone on the waters When Eve's mournful bell Sends forth to the sunset A note of farewell! When borne with the shadows And winds as they sweep, There comes a fond memory Of Home o'er the deep! When the wing of the sea-bird Is [turn'd]1 to her nest, And the [heart]2 of the sailor To all he loves best. 'Tis lone on the waters — That hour hath a spell To bring back sweet voices [And]3 words of farewell!
Note: the Schlesinger score contains a typo in stanza 3 line 1: "sea-dird".1 Schlesinger: "turned"
2 Schlesinger: "thought"
3 Schlesinger: "With"
- by Felicia Dorothea (Browne) Hemans (1793 - 1835), "A Thought of Home at Sea" [author's text checked 1 time 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 Sebastian Benson Schlesinger (1837 - 1917), "A Thought of Home at Sea", op. 27 (6 Songs) no. 6, ISS 2 no. 6, published 1887 [ voice and piano ], Boston: Arthur P. Schmidt; note: the score erroneously attributes the poem to 'Mrs. Felicia Hemani' [sung text checked 1 time]
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