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Hoy's Dark and Lofty Isle

Hi

Has anybody got the lyrics for Hoy's Dark and Lofty Isle. I really like this song and would love to sing it. Regards Ruth

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Quote: Ruth Martin
Hi

Has anybody got the lyrics for Hoy's Dark and Lofty Isle. I really like this song and would love to sing it. Regards Ruth


Hoy’s Dark and Lofty Isle (Traditional)

At eve when glowed the setting sun
Across the Western wave
A gallant barque, her course sailed on
How beautiful and brave
Robed in the garb of sunly smiles
She steers upon the Northern isles
She steers upon the Northern isles

Fresh from the polar icy seas
Dominion of the whale
She bounded on before the breeze
That sighed along her sails
Midst boundless oceans gentle play
She wings along her watery way
She wings along her watery way

But lo as she was sailing on
The island’s son was laid
His last, his dying hour had come
While round their comrade’s bed
Stood Britons sons who smiled at fear
And scorned to blush yet shed a tear
And scorned to blush yet shed a tear

Land, land they wished, for land was nigh
Hoy’s dark and lofty isle
A smile lit up the sailor’s face
A heartfelt heaven born smile
On deck the dying man they bore
To gaze upon his native shore
To gaze upon his native shore

Long, long he gazed while down his cheek
The big tears slowly rolled
In vain it was for man to speak
The feelings of his soul
But from his lips no sound there broke
Though oft they moved, as if he spoke
Though oft they moved, as if he spoke

At length through sobs suppressed and low
Soft murmering words were heard
Which spoke of home and loving friends
Sweet words of hope endeared
Then from his inmost soul there came
Mary that sweetest, loveliest name
Mary that sweetest, loveliest name

Mary mid young life’s tender care
She breathed her bosom spell
And must I die thus all alone
Oh Mary fare thee well
Tell her he cried and fondly sighed
Tell her I loved her ‘til I died
Tell her I loved her ‘til I died

Oh then a hazy dimness stole
Into the sailor’s eyes
And then his tender loving soul
Went to it’s home on high
Where death know no farewell or care
May Henry meet his Mary there
May Henry meet his Mary there

Regards

Chris

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