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Mick Pearce (MCP) Origins: Grace Darling (from Walter Pardon) (20) RE: Origins: Grace Darling (from Walter Pardon) 24 Feb 19

Showing what British pluck can do, here are transcripts of the other two songs I found. If you want the tunes you can download the pdfs from the link given in the sources.

It's easy to see why these failed to catch on, unlike the McGlennon version. There's nothing like a roomful of people singing that lovely rocking chorus. I sang it myself a few months ago at Kiveton and afterwards Judy Dalton told me that one of her ancestors (greatx4 grandfather?) had been the first mate and was one of the ones rescued - not by Grace Darling, but in the lifeboat that that was picked up by the ship out of Tynemouth/Shields (can't remember which!). She had his sextant I think and donated it to the Grace Darling Museum. (They were handling it with white gloves as a treasured object, though she said it had spent the last 20 years stuck in a shed!).

I always felt that Grace's father was hard done by in the McGlennon song (much as I love to sing it). He's portrayed as the wimpy one trying to avoid going out, but he wasn't at all. He and Grace agreed together to go out (as she would always say herself).

But it was Grace that caught the public imagination and became quite the celebrity. Apart from the   songs, there were articles about her, she had commemorative crockery and statues issued, sketches and portraits made, awards given and was introduced to gentry. Sadly she died only half a dozen or so years after the event.

(And one of the tunes I found was a Gavotte, not a Cotillion!)

(And if Joe's sending out copies of the McGlennon sheet music I'd love a copy!)


(Edward Perry)

In slumbers deep the father lay
The storm it loudly blew
His child in hast and wild dismay
To his lone cabin flew.

(SLOW and with Great Feeling)
"Why wakes my child at this wild hour?
The innocent should sleep
Most tranquilly when wind and show'r
Around their dwelling sweep!"
"Oh Father," said the startled maid
"I slept but such a cry
Of horror 'woke me I'm afraid
There's death or danger nigh.

And hark! again Oh! let us haste
'Tis some bewilder'd crew
Upon the reckless waters waste,
Oh! fly in pity do!
Your arm is strong to stem the wave,
And Heav'n will give me pow'r
To help and snatch them from the grave,
Oh! speed 'tis mercy's hour!"

The father kiss'd his fearless child
Then with an inward pray'r
They launch'd amid the billows wild,
To succour sad despair!
A moment more, and all was lost
But Oh! what rapture when
Their littke Skiff tho' tempest tost
To shore came safe again.
Oh! who could count the blessings shed
Upon the gen'rous girl
By lips that but for her were dead
Amid the stormy whirl!
But oh! what must her heart have felt
Such danger having brav'd
When by her sire to Heav'n knelt
In safety with the sav'd.

Source: Grace Darling - Perry at Levy


Published by DAVIS & HORN, New York, nd

At the end of the music there is the name S.Ackerman, but it's unclear if he wrote the words or did the arrangement.

(George Lindley)

(Slowly with Expression)
Oh Father lov'd, the Storm is raging,
And cold and heavy the night mist falls;
Some hapless Crew, a prey to danger,
For help, for help despairing calls.
Trim, trim the lamp, the Boat launch quickly,
Tho' danger threaten, the worst we'll brave:
The toil I heed not, if we can rescue
The Ship wreck'd Wand'rers from the Grave.
O!h Father lov'd the Storm is raging,
And cold and heavy the night mist falls;
The Boat launch quickly, the Boat launch quickly,
Sone hapless Crew for help now calls.

My gentle Child! 'twere worse than madness,
To tempt the Billow this fearful Night;
Again to Sleep, to rest betake thee,
Await, await, the Morning's Light."
I cannot sleep, their shrieks appal me,
Oh! Father, heard ye that piercing cry?
Arise ye, hasten, the day is breaking,
Look out, look out, a wreck I spy.
Oh! Father lov'd I fear no danger,
With you I will boldly breast the Wave,
The boat launch quickly, the boat launch quickly
Yon hapless Crew we yet May save.

The boat is launch'd thro' breakers roaring,
Like to some wild bird, the frail Skiff flew
That Gentle Girl, with love unshaken
Has saved from Death that hapless Crew;
The danger past, her heart beats lightly,
Her silent transport no pride betrays,
Tho' grateful tears are round her falling,
And hearts are throbbing to her praise.
The danger past, her heart beats lightly,
Her silent transport no pride betrays,
Tho' grateful tears are round her falling,
And hearts are throbbing to her praise.

Source: Grace Darling - Lindley at Levy

The cover has: "A BALLAD Written and Composed by GEORGE LINDLEY. The heroic conduct of Grace Horsley Darling who with her Father rescued nine Persons from the wreck of the Forfarshire Steamer has furnished the subject of this ballad"

Published Millets Music Saloon, New York, nd

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