Jamie's on the Stormy Sea
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Ere the twilight bat was flitting,

In the sunset, at her knitting,

Sang a lonely maiden, sitting

Underneath her threshold tree;

And, ere daylight died before us,

And the vesper stars shone o'er us,

Fitful rose her tender chorus

"Jamie's on the stormy sea!"

Warmly shone the sunset glowing;

Sweetly breath'd the young flow'rs blowing;

Earth, with beauty overflowing,

Seem'd the home of love to be;

As those angel tones ascending,

With the scene and season blending,

Ever had the same low ending

"Jamie's on the stormy sea!"

Curfew bells remotely ringing,

Mingled with that sweet voice singing

And the last red ray seemed clinging

Lingeringly to tower and tree;

Nearer as I came, and nearer,

Finer rose the notes, and clearer;

Oh! 'twas heaven itself to hear her

"Jamie's on the stormy sea!"

"Blow, ye west winds! blandly hover

O'er the bark that bears my lover;

Gently blow, and bear him over

To his own dear home and me;

For, when night winds bend the willow,

Sleep forsakes my lonely pillow,

Thinking of the foaming billow

Jamie's on the stormy sea!"

How could I but list, but linger,

To the song, and near the singer,

Sweetly wooing heaven to bring her

Jamie from the stormy sea;

And while yet her lips did name me,

Forth I sprang - my heart o'ercame me

"Grieve no more, sweet, I am Jamie,

Home returned to love and thee!"

Hutchinson Family

Bernard Covert.  "Jamie's on the Stormy Sea: Ballad."  Music: Bernard Covert.  First line of text: "Ere the twilight bat was flitting In the sunset, at her knitting."  Boston: Oliver Ditson.  1847.

Alan Lewis

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