Select songs (1)/On the Seas and Far Away

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How can my poor heart be glad,
When absent from my sailor lad?
How can I the thought forego,
He's on the seas to meet the foe ?
Let me wander, let me rove,
Still my heart is with my love;
Nightly dreams and thoughts by day
Are with him that's far away.

On the seas and far away,
On stormy seas and far away;
Nightly dreams & thoughts by day
Are ay with him that’s far away.

When in summer’s noon I faint,
As weary flocks around me pant,
Haply in this scorching sun
My sailor’s thund’ring at his gun;
Bullets spare my only joy!
Bullets spare my darling boy!
Fate do with me what you may,
Spare but him that's far away!
On the seas, &c.

At the starless midnight hour.
When winter rules wi’ boundless power.
As the storms the forest tear,
And thunders rend the howling air,
Listen to the doubling roar,
Surging on the rocky shore,
All I can———I weep and pray,
For his weal that’s far away,
On the seas, &c.

Peace, thy olive wand extend,
And bid wild war his ravage end,
Man with brother man to meet,
And as a brother kindly greet:
Then may heaven with prosp’rous gales
Fill my sailor’s welcome sails,
To my arms their charge convey,
My dear charge that’s far away.
On the: seas, &c.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.