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Far, Far at Sea
This song, which was in the repertory of the famous singer Charles Incledon (1763-1826), is printed in the British Melodist, 2d edi­tion (London [1819]), pp. 128-129; The Melodist (London, 1828), II, 306; Griggs Southern and Western Songster (Philadelphia 1829; also 1832,1836,1839), pp. 296-297; The Norwich Minstrel, edited by J. S. Wells (Norwich, 1831), p. 19 ("Susan's Dream"); Fairburris Everlasting Songster, 4th ed., p. 132; as well as in English broadsides. The music, by C. H. Florio, is given in The Vocal Companion, edited by John Parry (London, 1837), pp. 68-69.
1      T was night, when the bell had struck twelve.
And poor Susan was laid on her pillow, In her ear whisper'd some fleeting elf— "Your love now lies toss'd on a billow, Far, far at Sea."
2     All was dark, when she woke out of breath,
Not an object her fears could discover; All was still as the silence of death, Save fancy, which painted her lover Far, far at Sea.
3     So she whisper'd a pray'r — clos'd her eyes;
But the phantom still haunted her pillow; While in terror she echo'd his cries, As struggling he sunk in a billow, Far, far at Sea.

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