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Musing On The Roaring Ocean

Musing on the roaring ocean, Which divides my love and me; Wearying heav'n in warm devotion, For his weal where'er he be. Hope and Fear's alternate billow Yielding late to Nature's law, Whispering spirits round my pillow, Talk of him that's far awa. Ye whom sorrow never wounded, Ye who never shed a tear, Care-untroubled, joy-surrounded, Gaudy day to you is dear. Gentle night, do thou befriend me, Downy sleep, the curtain draw; Spirits kind, again attend me, Talk of him that's far awa!


Gerda Stevenson

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1788 and is read here by Gerda Stevenson.

Themes for this song

love regret

Selected for 09 January

In early January, wind and wave can keep boats from harbour and loved ones from each other. Here, the rough seas which separate these lovers are all too real. Despite his wanderlust, Burns was often said to have feared the ocean's swell.

Donny O'Rourke

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