On this wondrous sea, Sailing silently, Ho! pilot, ho! Knowest thou the shore Where no breakers roar, Where the storm is o'er? In the silent west Many the sails at rest, Their anchors fast; Thither I pilot thee, - Land, ho! Eternity! Ashore at last!
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- by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "In the silent west" [ voice, piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "On this wondrous sea", published 1944 [ voice and piano ], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Arthur Farwell (1872 - 1952), "On this wondrous sea", op. 107 no. 3 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Paul Wehage , "On this wondrous sea" [ high voice and piano ], from Ten Dickinson Songs, no. 10 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Vally Weigl, née Pick (c1894 - 1982), "From time and eternity" [ SSA chorus a cappella ] [sung text not yet checked]
Set in a modified version by William Hawley, Craig Urquhart.
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
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