by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Musing on the roaring ocean
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Musing on the roaring ocean, 
   Which divides my love and me,
 [Wearying]1 heaven in warm devotion
   For his weal where'er he be:

 Hope and Fear's alternate billow
   Yielding late to Nature's law,
 [Whispering]2 spirits round my pillow,
   Talk of him that 's far awa.

 Ye whom sorrow never wounded,
   Ye who never shed a tear,
 Care-untroubled, joy-surrounded,
   Gaudy day to you is dear.

 Gentle night, do thou befriend me!
   Downy sleep, the curtain draw!
 Spirits kind, again attend me,
   Talk of him that 's far awa!

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 211.

1 Bennett: "Wearing" (typo?)
2 Bennett: "Whisp'ring"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Sníc u moře bouřlivého"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Songeant à l'océan mugissant", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Georg Pertz) , "Am Strande"

Researcher for this text: Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-06-03 18:20:49
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