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1859

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The Minute Gun at Sea
King

One of sixty-eight pieces bound in “The Shower of Pearls : A collection of the most beautiful duets, for two sopranos, soprano and alto, soprano and tenor, soprano and bass, and tenor and bass, arranged with an accompaniment for the piano-forte.”

Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington Street

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Abstract

Let him who sighs in sadness here,
Rejoice, and know a friend is near.
What heavenly sounds are those I hear? What being comes the gloom to cheer?

[verse 1]
When in the storm on Albion's coast,
The night watch guards his weary post,
From thoughts of danger free,
He marks some vessel's dusky form,
And hears amid the howling storm,
The minute gun at sea,
The minute gun at sea.
And hears amid the howling storm,
The minute gun at sea.

[verse 2]
Swift on the shore a hardy few
The life-boat man with a gallant gallant crew,
And dare the dangerous wave,
Thro' the wild surf they cleave their way,
Lost in the foam, nor know dismay,
For they go the crew to save,
For they go the crew to save.
Lost in the foam, nor know dismay,
For they go the crew to save.

But O, what rapture fills each breast
When landed safe, what joys to tell
Of all the dangers that befell
Then is heard no more,
Then is heard no more by the watch on the shore,
The minute gun at sea.

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