Wild with passion, sorrow beladen, Bend the thought of thy stormy soul On its home, on its heaven, the loved maiden; And peace shall come at her eyes' control. Even so night's starry rest possesses With its gentle spirit these tamed waters, And bids the wave with weedy tresses Embower the ocean's pavement stilly Where the sea-girls lie, the mermaid-daughters, Whose eyes, not born to weep, More palely-lidded sleep Than in our fields the lily; And sighing in their rest More sweet than is [its]1 breath; And quiet as its death Upon a lady's breast.
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1 Britten: "their"
- by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803 - 1849), no title, appears in Song on the water, no. 1 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Wild with passion", subtitle: "Song, on the water" [text verified 1 time]
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- GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Vor Leidenschaft wild", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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