The wind is [rising]1 on the sea, The windy white foam dancers leap; And the sea moans uneasily, And turns to sleep, and cannot sleep. Ridge after [rocky]2 ridge uplifts wild hands, And hammers at the land, Scatters in liquid dust, and drifts To death among the dusty sand. On the horizon's nearing line, Where the sky rests a visible wall, Grey in the offing I divine The sails that fly before a squall.
1 Becker: "missing" (?)
2 omitted by Becker
- by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945), "Before the squall", appears in Silhouettes, in At Dieppe, no. 4 [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 John Joseph Becker (1886 - 1961), "Before the squall", published 1959, from At Dieppe, no. 3 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ethel Mary Smyth, Dame (1858 - 1944), "Before the squall", published 1913 [mezzo-soprano or baritone with piano], from Three Moods of the Sea = Drei Lieder vom Meere, no. 2, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Rudolf Stephan Hoffmann (1878 - 1931) ; composed by Ethel Mary Smyth, Dame.
Researcher for this text: T. P. (Peter) Perrin
This text was added to the website: 2006-03-11
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Word count: 74