A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea


William Copper

Final Sea Song setting, a chanty by Allan Cunningham, for a cappella chorus (SATB)

Fourth of the Sea Songs, opus 74, from 2002.

1.  A wet sheet and a flowing sea, 
      A wind that follows fast,
    And fills the white and rustling sail,
      And bends the gallant mast,
    And bends the gallant mast, my boys!
          While like an eagle free,
          Away the good ship flies,
        And leaves Columbia on our lee.

2.  Oh, for a soft and gentle wind,
    I heard a fair one cry,
    But give to me the roaring breeze,
    And the white waves heaving high;
    And white waves heaving high, my boys!
          The good ship tight and free;
          The world of waters is our home,
        And merry men are we.

3.  There's a tempest in yon horned moon,
    And lightning in yon cloud,
    And hard the music, mariners,
    The wind is piping loud;
    The wind is piping loud, my boys!
          The lightning flashes free,
          The hollow oak our palace is,
        Our heritage the sea.

        by Allan Cunningham (Scottish, 1784-1842)

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Copyright 2002 William P. Copper

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