Sunday, May 28, 2006

On Memorial Eve




"I have trod the upward and the downward slope;
I have endured and done in days before;
I have longed for all, and bid farewell to hope;
And I have lived and loved, and closed the door."


As I walked through the cemetary, I couldn't help but think about a song cycle called "The Songs of Travel" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, all of the songs are poems by Robert Louis Stephenson, the above poem was the last in the cycle, "I have trod the upward and the downward slope". If you ever get the opportunity to hear this beautiful work, it is an experience not to be missed.

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