The Sea King (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-23)   CPDL #53372:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-23).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Sea King
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Bryan Procter

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Volume 1, no. 48, p. 65

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Original text and translations

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1  Come sing, come sing of the great Sea King,
And the fame that now hangs o'er him,
Who once did sweep o'er the vanquished deep,
And drove the world before him!
His deck was a throne on the ocean lone,
And the sea was his park of pleasure,
Where he scattered in fear the human deer,
And rested when he had leisure!
Come shout and sing of the great Sea King,
And ride in the track he rode in!
He sits at the head of the mighty dead,
On the red right hand of Odin!

2  He sprang from birth like a god on earth,
And soared on his victor pinions,
And he traversed the sea, as the eagles flee,
When they gaze on their blue dominions.
His whole earth life was a conquering strife,
And he lived till his beard grew hoary,
And he died at last by his blood-red mast,
And now, he is lost in his glory!
So shout and sing of the great Sea King,
And ride in the track he rode in!
He sits at the head of the mighty dead,
On the red right hand of Odin!