Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Sea Shell

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1859

Comments

To Mrs. Isabella S. Chapman.
Sea Shell
a Greek superstition
poetry by C.F. Wetmore
music by Wm. J. Wetmore, M.D.
Boston: published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington St

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Lyrics

Come away to the sea that is sparkling clear,
To the wave of cerulean blue,
Where music is murmur'd from lips that are near,
From shells of an emerald hue!
There Fairies are sweeping their fanciful lyres,
And dancing in deep coral caves,
Till Beauty relaxes the strength of the wires,
Away then they float o'er the waves,
Away then they float o'er the waves!

And the shore of the sea is vocal with song,
With accents of melody sweet,
Until echo resumes his shell to prolong
The magic of musical feet.
There Cupid resides in his amorous shell,
Whose lyre ne'er in Teos was mute,
Till haply the god learn'd his witcheries well,
The magic of bow and of lute,
The magic of bow and of lute.

There Beauty is weaving her eloquent wreaths,
In shadows of love-lighted bow'rs;
And over each garland of amaranth breathes,
While Pleasure is tripping on flow'rs.
Then away to the sea where the Deities dwell,
To the wave of cerulean blue,
And list on the shore to the mellowest shell,
Its song shall be mine, love, to you,
Its song shall be mine, love, to you!

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