Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Rockaway

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1840

Comments

Rockaway, or, On old Long Island's sea-girt shore : a ballad. words by Henry John Sharpe. music composed and respectfully dedicated to Mrs. T.C. Grattan by Henry Russell. Boston. Wm. H. Oakes, 13 Tremont Row.

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Lyrics

On old Long Island's sea girl shore,
Many an hour I've whil'd away,
In list'ning to the breaker's roar
That wash the beach at Pockaway.
On old Long Island's sea girl shore
Many an hour I've whil'd away,
In list'ning to the breakers roar,
That wash the beach at Rockaway.
Transfix'd I've stood while nature's lyre,
In one harmonious concert broke,
And catching its' promethean fire,
My inmost soul to rapture woke.
Oh! On old Long Island's seagirt shore,
Many an hour I've whil'd away,
In list'ning to the breaker's raor,
That wash the beach at rockaway.

Oh how delightful 'tis to stroll
Where murm'ring winds and waters meet,
Marking the billows as they roll,
And brek resistless at your feet;
To watch young Iris, as she dips
Her mandle in the sparkling dew,
And chas'd by Sol away she trips,
O'er the horizon's quivering blue.
Oh! on old Long Island's seagirt shore,
Many an hour I've whil'd away,
In list'ning to the breaker's roar,
That wash the beach at Rockaway.

To hear the startling nightwinds sigh,
As dreamy twilight lulls to sleep;
While the pale moon reflects from high,
Her image in the mighty deep;
Majestic scene where nature dwells,
Profound in everlasting love,
While her unmearus'd music swells,
Then vaulted firmament above.
Oh! On old Long Island's sea girt shore,
Many an hour I've whil'd away,
In list'ning to the breaker's roar,
That wash the beach at Rockaway.

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