In the caverns deep of the ocean cold The diver is seeking a treasure of gold; Risking his life for the spoils of a wreck, Taking rich gems from the dead on her deck; And fearful such sights to the diver must be, Walking alone in the depths of the sea! He is now on the surface (he's gasping for breath,) So pale that he wants but the stillness of death To look like the forms he has left in the caves, Silent and cold, 'neath the trembling waves. How fearful such sights to the diver must be, Walking alone at the depths of the sea! And Mammon's the master, and man is the slave, Toiling for wealth on the brink of the grave; Leaving a world of sunlight and sound For night like gloom, and a silence profound: And fearful the death of the diver must be, Sleeping alone in the depths of the sea!
- by G. Douglas Thompson , "The diver" [author's text not yet checked 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 Edward James Loder (1813 - 1865), "The diver" [voice and piano], publisher: F Pitman Hart of Paternoster Row London [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Tony Deane
This text was added to the website: 2010-02-27
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Word count: 156