Song texts & translations

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Sea-snatch (Hermit Songs no. 6) 1953

Paula Wilder-Gaubert, soprano Daniel Lockert, piano

Recital Programme

Violin seahorse & mermaid

October 11, 18, 2015

 

Sea-snatch


It has broken us,

it has crushed us,

it has drowned us,

Oh King of the star-bright

Kingdom of Heaven!

The wind has consumed us,

swallowed us,

as timber is devoured

by crimson fire from Heaven. 

It has broken us,

it has crushed us,

it has drowned us,

Oh King of the starbright

Kingdom of Heaven !



anonymous medieval Irish text

(translated by Kenneth Jackson)

Second Trumpet of the Apocalypse

Beatus Liabanensis

Commentarius in apocalypsin

Castille, XIIIe century

ms; BNF nal 2290 folio 93v