A Mother's Vigil (Ave Maria)

Composer: Alfred William Rawlings (1860-1924), 1890
         text: A. Horspool


 

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Rawlings, Alfred William. b. Marylebone, London, England, 1860; d. near Willesden, 1924.
Alfred William Rawlings and Charles Arthur Rawlings were brothers.
Charles Arthur Rawlings (d. 1919) used 62 pseudonyms. Alfred William Rawlings used 28.

Rawlings, Alfred W.
also:
Dressler, Max pseudonym (Source: 1)
Dumas, Gustav pseudonym
Fare, Florence pseudonym (Source: 2,1)
Fortescue, Edith pseudonym
Gordon, Stanley pseudonym
Henry, Hamilton pseudonym
Hope, Marcus pseudonym
Jasper, Louis pseudonym
Melrose, Gladys pseudonym
Morriss, Guy pseudonym
Natale, Tito pseudonym
Saint-Quentin, Edward pseudonym
Stephanoff, Ivan pseudonym
Templeman, Horace pseudonym
Therese, Jules pseudonym
Tree, Lionel pseudonym
White, Constance pseudonym

Recording:  not available  
Score:  not available  
Lyrics:  A. HORSPOOL
The mother watched by her child
Though the midnight hour was past
And her hopeful beacon smiled
To the shout of the flying blast
For her heart was far away
With her sailor on the deep
And her lips could only pray
As she hushed her child to sleep
Refrain Ave Maria oh grant us thy grace
            Look on our sorrow with pitying face
            Hear us in mercy when dangers are near
             Ave Ave Maria
The sailor held on his way
When the midnight watch was past
And steered for the love lit bay
Though his vessel was leaking fast
For a moment she trembling stayed
Then leapt like a stag in pain
And the lonesome mother prayed
For the love that came not again

Refrain Ave Maria oh grant us thy grace
            Look on our sorrow with pitying face
            Hear us in mercy when dangers are near
             Ave Ave Maria
A biographical dictionary of musicians (ed. Theodore Baker) G. Schirmer, 1905 - 695 pages
  P.696
ORSBORN AND TUCKWOOD'S POPULAR PUBLICATIONS
A New Song A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings (Ave Maria)
 

a MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings A good song and will meet with many admirers Graphic
A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings It has an impressive melody which is developed with good effect Scotsman A
A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings Of a pensive character commendably written Bristol Times
A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings Religious in tone and has a very telling Ave Maria at the close of each stanza Derby Mercury
A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings Sympathetic and impressive Nottingham Guardian
A MOTHER'S VIGIL Alfred Rawlings Of considerable merit the accompaniment to which is most artistically written Court Journal

 
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