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Blow, blow, softly blow
Additional title: Blow, blow, softly blow. Wind fresh and free. Bear a lover's sighing, Far beyond the sea, Blow, blow, softly blow, Tell her this from me, Love unshaken vows undying, Fly across the sea. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Eight bells. Blow, blow, softly blow.
Additional title: One summer night far out at sea, A sailor sang a lover's lay, The breeze caught up the melody, And bore it many leauges away, 'Neath swelling sails the moonlight gleaming, Shone on the sail or singing there, And softer cadence filled the air, In echo to the lover's dreaming. [first line]
Von Wegern, Carl (Composer)
Von Wegern, Carl (Lyricist)
West, William H. (1853?-1902) (Producer)
Primrose, Geo. H. (George H.) (b. 1852) (Producer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1892

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1892
Date Issued: 1892
Place: New York
Publisher: M. Witmar & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Love songs
Sea songs
Content: Cover includes illustrations depicting comical scenes.
Content: On the cover: The great hit! Blow, Blow, Softly Blow, nautical song and chorus, introduced and sung in Primrose & West's "Eight Bells" Co. composed by Carl von Wegern, composer of the opera, "Asmodeus, or the Magic Bottle."
Statement of responsibility: composed by Carl von Wegern.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e3ded290-c58d-012f-f45e-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1892: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2018: Found by you!
  • 2019

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Blow, blow, softly blow" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1892 - 1892.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Blow, blow, softly blow" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 17, 2018.

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Blow, blow, softly blow