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Sweet and low, sweet and low, wind of the western sea

Sweet and low, sweet and low, wind of the western sea

Author: Baron Tennyson Alfred Tennyson
Tune: [Sweet and low, sweet and low] (Barnby)
Published in 15 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
Wind of the western sea.
Over the rolling waters go;
Come from the dying moon, and blow;
Blow him again to me,
While my little one, while my pretty one sleeps.

2 Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest on mother’s breast,
Father will come to thee soon.
Father will come to his babe in the nest;
Silver sails all out of the west;
Under the silver moon,
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep.

Source: Great Revival Hymns #167

Author: Baron Tennyson Alfred Tennyson

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord, son of the Rev. G. C. Tennyson, Rector of Somersby, Lincolnshire, was born at Somersby, Aug. 6, 1809; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; appointed Poet Laureate in 1850, and raised to the Peerage in 1884. Although Lord Tennyson has not written any hymns, extracts from his poems are sometimes used as such, as "Strong Son of God, immortal Love" (Faith in the Son of God), from the Introduction to his In Memoriam, 1850; the well-known "Too late, too late, ye cannot enter now," and others. The former is sometimes given as "Spirit of immortal Love," and again as "Eternal God, immortal Love." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sweet and low, sweet and low, wind of the western sea
Author: Baron Tennyson Alfred Tennyson
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

A. M. E. C. Hymnal #551

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Great Revival Hymns #167

Hymn and Tune Book #d73

Hymns for Today #d231

Primary Music and Worship #d83

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Sacred and Secular Selections #120

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Seth Parker's Hymnal #188

Songs for Service Men #d61

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Songs of Service. Rev. ed. #a125

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Songs of Service #125

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The Assembly Hymn and Song Collection #152

The Chapel Hymnal #d149

The Message Bird #d72

The Primary Song book #d99

Youth Inspiral #d94

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