The Shy Man

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SATB/piano
Secular text in English by Theodore Roethke
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2

This piece has not yet been premiered. Please contact me if you are interested in premiering this piece.

I was pleased to happen across this simple Irish ballad by Roethke one day in the library.  It led me to look at much more of his poetry and to also discover his writings on creativity, much of which is pithy, humorous, and truly, “balls-on dead accurate”, to quote from “My Cousin Vinny”. This piece is dedicated to a wonderful conductor, choral department head at Naperville North High School, and member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Jim Yarbrough.

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TEXT

The full moon was shining upon the broad sea;
I sang to the one star that look'd down at me;
I sang to the white horse that graz'd on the quay,--
As I walk'd down by the high sea-wall.
But  my lips they,
My lips they,
Said never a word,
As I moped by the high sea-wall.
 
The curlew's slow night song came on the water.
That tremble of sweet notes set my heart astir,
As I walk'd beside her, the O'Connell's daughter,
  I knew that I did love her.
   But my lips they,
My lips they,
Said never a word,
As we walk'd by the high sea-wall.
 
The full moon has fallen, the night wind is down
And I lie here thinking in bleak Bofin town.
I lie here and thinking, "I am not alone."
For here close beside me is O'Connell's daughter,
And my lips they, my lips they,
Say many a many a word,
  As we embrace by the high sea-wall.
O! my lips they, my lips they,
say many a word,
As we kiss by the high sea-wall. 
 
 


 
 

  

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