Celtic Mass for the Sea

arr. Scott Macmillan

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Celtic Mass For The Sea


Now lay thine ear against this golden sand,
And thou shalt hear the music of the sea,

Those hollow tunes it plays against the land

I have lain hours, and fancied in its tone
I have heard the languages of ages gone.
East and by North
Send thine eyes forth
Over waves with great whales foaming,
Where sportive seals
Dance their wild reels
Through mighty flood-tides roaming.

He who tramples on the world
He tramples on himself.



The text for  The “Celtic Mass For The Sea” was derived from ancient  oral incantations, rituals and prayers; such as those found in collections like the “Carmina Gadelica” Vol. 1-5; collected, compiled, and metrically translated from Gaelic to English by Alexander Carmicheal. Traditional melodic themes heard in the “Mass” were found in three primary sources; Songs of the Hebrides”, collected and arranged by Marjorie Kennedy Fraser; “From the Farthest Hebrides” and “Beyond the Hebrides”, collected and edited by Donald A. Fergusson




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