“The Beloved Land”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Keywords: grief exile farewell sea ship lament patriotic
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

A young man on deck says "Farewell my beloved land; I'll see thee no more." He thinks of his youth and fighting "the tyrant" but now he is "prescribed as an exile"

Supplemental text

Beloved Land, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II,
pp. 352-353. Sung by Phillip Foley, Tilting, July 1952.

The sun's setting beams on the sea were reflecting
As gracefully glided our ship with the breeze;
On the deck stood a youth, silent, pale and dejected.
Oh why was that young heart so thoughtful and grieved?
As he stood there alone his lonely watch keeping
The breeze on his broad brow the dark curls were sweeping,
And ever through his own silent watch he was weeping
Saying, "Farewell my beloved land; I'll see thee no more."

(2 additional stanzas)

References

  1. Peacock, pp. 352-353, "The Beloved Land" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Pea352 (Partial)
  3. Roud #6456
  4. BI, Pea352