Franz Joseph Haydn
(1732 - 1809)

Haydn : The Mermaid's song : illustration

The Mermaid's song
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One of Haydn's canzonets (from his first set written and published in England) arranged as a glee by Joseph Corfe. See also the companion piece, "My mother bids me bind my hair".
Lyrics: Anne Hunter

Now the dancing sunbeams play
On the green and glassy sea;
Come and I will lead the way,
Where the pearly treasures be.
Come with me and we will go
Where the rocks of coral grow;
Follow, follow, follow me.

Come behold what treasures lie
Far behold the rolling sea;
Riches hid from human eye
Dimly shine in ocean's caves.
Ebbing tides bear no delay,
Stormy winds are far away.
Come with me and we will go
Where the rocks of coral grow;
Follow, follow, follow me.