Maid Elsie roams by lane and lea, Her heart beats low and sad, Her tho'ts are far away at sea, With her bonnie sailor lad. But kling lang ling, kling lang ling, She seems to hear her bride bells ring! That night her lover's good ship rode The furious Biscay Bay foam, And as the streaming deck he trod, He thought of her and home. While kling lang ling, kling lang ling, He seem'd to hear his home bells ring! A year by seas, a year by lands, A year since then has died, And Elsie at the altar stands, Her sailor at her side! While kling lang ling, kling lang ling, Their bonnie bride bells gaily ring!
- by Frederick E. Weatherly (1848 - 1929) [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 Joseph Leopold Roeckel (1838 - 1923), "Bride bells", published 187-? [voice and piano], London, Boosey & Co. ; published 1882 under the title "Wedding bells", St. Louis: Kunkel Bros., also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Joseph Leopold Roeckel.
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