A Thought of Home at Sea
Language: English 
'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!

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Note: the Schlesinger score contains a typo in stanza 3 line 1: "sea-dird".

1 Schlesinger: "turned"
2 Schlesinger: "thought"
3 Schlesinger: "With"


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]

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2020-09-21
Line count: 16
Word count: 80