A Lake and a Fairy Boat (download)


A romantic part song in the Victorian tradition that evokes images of diamonds, rubies, pearls and moonlight, the third of Three Romantic Part Songs.


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A Lake and a Fairy Boat (Hood):


A Lake and a Fairy Boat (part song)

No. 3 of Three Romantic Part Songs, for SATB quartet or chorus unaccompanied
Text—Thomas Hood
A part song in the tradition of Sullivan, Elgar and Vaughan Williams. The subject: lost innocence, and escape from the trials of life. May be sung chorally, or, in the Victorian tradition, by four singers around a table.
Duration: 2′
7 pages

A lake and a fairy boat

A lake and a fairy boat
To sail in the moonlight clear,—
And merrily we would float
From the dragons that watch us here!

Thy gown should be snow-white silk
And strings of orient pearls,
Like gossamers dipped in milk,
Should twine with thy raven curls!

Red rubies should deck thy hands,
And diamonds should be thy dower—
But fairies have broke their wands,
And wishing has lost its power!

–Thomas Hood (1789-1845)


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