One sails away to sea, to sea, One stands on the shore and cries; The ship goes down the world, and the light On the sullen water dies. The whispering shell is mute, And after is evil cheer; She shall stand on the shore and cry in vain, Many and many a year. But the stately wide-winged ship Lies wrecked, lies wrecked on the unknown deep; Far under, dead in his coral bed, The lover lies asleep.
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- by William Dean Howells (1837 - 1920), "Pleasure-Pain", appears in Poems, first published 1873 [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 Halfdan Kjerulf (1815 - 1868), "Pleasure-Pain" [text not verified]
- by Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860 - 1908), "The sea", op. 47 no. 7, published 1893, from Eight Love Songs, no. 7. [text verified 1 time]
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