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1859

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A Voice from the Waves
Words by R. Ryan
Music by S. Glover

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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A voice from the waves in the dead of night,
Sung meoldious o'er my pillow,
As I lay on my couch in slumber light,
Lull'd to rest by the heaving billow!
It spoke not of human hopes and fears,
That o'er cloud time's hours flying,
But it told of the dead of former years,
That in ocean's bed were lying!
A voice from the waves in the dead of night,
Sung melodious o'er my pillow,
As I lay on my couch in slumber light,
Lull'd to rest by the heaving billow!
Lull'd to rest, Lull'd to rest by the heaving, heaving billow!
And thus it sung, And thus it sung,
The voice, the voice from the wave.
And thus it sung, And thus, it sung,
I come from the deep, I come from the deep,
Where the sea flower gently uncloses,
Where fiery youth hath a dreamless sleep,
And a warrior in calmness reposes.
Where the parent and child lie side by side,
Doom'd by destiny ne'er to sever;
Where the husband fond, and his new made bride,
In death's embrace are clasp'd forever!
Each wave rolls over the burial place
Of earth's children in countless numbers,
Of ev'ry hue, and clime, and race,
Where no tempest can break their slumbers,
Of eve'ry hue, and clime, and race
Where no tempest can break their slumbers,
The voice was hush'd, the vision fled,
But my heart felt a pang of sorrow,
Till the bright beams shed,
Commencing a glorious morrow.

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