I am fever'd with the sunset, I am fretful with the bay, For the wander-thirst is on me, And my soul is in Cathay. There's a schooner in the offing, With her topsails shot with fire, And my heart has gone aboard her For the Islands of Desire. I must forth again to-morrow! With the sunset I must be Hull down on the trail of rapture In the wonder of the sea.
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- by Richard Hovey (1864 - 1900), "The Sea Gypsy", appears in More Songs from Vagabondia, first published 1896 [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 Henry Clough-Leighter (1874 - 1956), "Sea Gypsy", op. 65 no. 1, published 1919. [baritone and piano] [text not verified]
- by Michael (Dewar) Head (1900 - 1976), "The sea gipsy", 1920, published 1920. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
- by Geoffrey O'Hara (1882 - 1967), "The Sea Gypsy", published 1933. [TTBB chorus or TTBB quartet and piano] [text not verified]
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