'To a Seashell' (2014) is the first song in a set of three for Tenor and Piano. The work sets the poetry of Amelia Welby.
Ian Johnson, tenor
Shell of the bright sea waves,
What is it that we hear in thy sad moan?
Is this unceasing music all thine own,
lute of the ocean cave!
'Tis vain – Thou answerest not!
Thou hast no voice to whisper of the dead –
'Tis ours alone with sighs like odors shed,
To hold them unforgot!
- Amelia Welby
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