Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1859

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Shells of Ocean
for two voices
Cherry

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

One summer eve with pensive thought
I wandered on the sea-beat shore,
Where oft in heedless infant sport,
I gathered shells in days before,
I gathered shells in days before;
The plashing waves like music fell
Responsive to my fancy wild,
A dream o'er me like a spell,
I thought I was again a child,
A dream came o'er me like a spell,
I thought I was again a child.

I stooped upon the pebbly strand
to cull the toys that round me lay;
But as I took them in my hand,
I threw them one by one away,
I threw them one by one away;
O thus I said, in every stage
By toys our fancy is beguiled;
We gather shells from youth to age'
And then we leave them like a child,
We gather shells from youth to age,
And then we leave them, leave them like a child.

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