Dark was the morn and black the sea, When my dear laddie left me, The swelling sails how swift they flee, Of all my joy bereft me! Methinks I see him take his stand On deck so firm and steady; And distant when he wav'd his hand, I knew his tartan plaidy. Alas! how heavy are the days In absence and in sorrow, While war and death a thousand ways Still make me dread tomorrow. O that ambition were at rest, While I, the captain's lady, Should with my soldier be so blest, All gay in tartan plaidy!
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [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 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "The Quaker's wife", WoO. 156 (12 Scottish Songs) no. 12, G. 227 no. 12, published 1818. [vocal trio, piano] [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Des Seemanns Weib"
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2006-06-11
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Word count: 98