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Words taken from the Poem by Alfred Noyes
A Choral Work by Dr. THOMAS WOOD
THIS is a setting of Alfred Noyes 's jovial tale about the wild and wondrous adventures of ' forty singing seamen in an old black barque,' who voyaged ' across the seas of Wonderland to Mogadore,' and there fell in with all manner of marvels. They came upon a fountain ' not of water, but of j iwels, like a spray of leaping fire,' and a crystal palace 'in an emerald glade beneath a golden mountain.' Here a troop of ghosts gathered round them (the music, to the tune of What shall we do with a drunken sailor.? delicately hints at a possible reason for the stars ' seeing ghosts).
Then an awesome figura woaring n. golden crown, came upon them. It. was the owner of The palace, who received them royally in it, and told them that he had tho secret of living for ever. (Prester John has a characteristic jaunty march, on Bassoons). His specific lay in drinking tho water of ' a little silver river ' in the forest. The seamen went to seck it, but leopards, lions end unicorns chased them away, and they mado off on their old black baique, sailing home to London, and wondering if they had dreamt it all.


Unknown: Alfred Noyes
Unknown: Dr. Thomas Wood
Baritone: Roy Henderson
Conducted By: Reginald Jacques
Unknown: Alfred Noyes
Unknown: Prester John

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2LO London, 3 April 1927 16.40

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