Seaside thoughts (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-21)   CPDL #39389:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-04-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A cappella version of the transposed edition #39373. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-04-19)   CPDL #39373:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-04-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a perfect 4th for SATB. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #22043:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-07-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Seaside thoughts
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: Bernard Bartramcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Beautiful, sublime and glorious,
Wild, majestic, foaming free,
Over time itself victorious,
Image of eternity.
Sun and moon and stars shine o'er thee,
See thy surface ebb and flow;
Yet, attempt not to explore thee
In thy soundless depths below.

Whether morning's splendours steep thee
With the rainbow's glowing grace,
Tempests rouse or navies sweep thee,
'Tis but for a moment's space.
Earth, her valleys and her mountains,
Mortal man's behests obey,
The unfathomable fountains
Scoff his search and scorn his sway.

Such thou art stupendous ocean!
But if overwhelm'd by thee,
Can we think without emotion,
What must thy Creator be!