Overheard on a Saltmarsh
for SSAATTBB a cappella (1990)
by Ron Hannah


Words: Harold Monro (1879-1932)
Duration: about 3 minutes

    This is a peculiar little poem by Harold Monro, about a goblin trying to persuade a nymph to give him a jewel she has stolen "out of the moon". Monro is an interesting man and poet - do look him up!

It will require a good and sensitive choir to bring it off - one which is not afraid to hiss and howl. Being basically tonal, with expressive and quite dissonant and avant-garde moments, it will well reward the effort of a good amateur choir. It has not yet been performed.
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     Here is the quirky little poem:

Overheard on a Saltmarsh

 Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?

Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?

Give them me.


Give them me. Give them me.


Then I will howl all night in the reeds,

Lie in the mud and howl for them.

Goblin, why do you love them so?

They are better than stars or water,

Better than voices of winds that sing,

Better than any man's fair daughter,

Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

Hush, I stole them out of the moon.

Give me your beads, I want them.


I will howl in the deep lagoon

For your green glass beads, I love them so.

Give them me. Give them.