An English-Welsh Programme for Empire Day.
âWe are old in war, and if in guile we are young,
Young also is the spirit that evermore
Burns in our bosom even as heretofore".
- Sir W. Watson
The Station Orchestra
conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
The Mountain Ash Girls' Choir
conducted by Miss E. Thomas
These songs come from Tudor and Elizabethan days. Dowland, a famous Lute-player as veil as a Composer, was appointed Lutenist to King Christian IV of Denmark His song is a lover's appeal to his maid to remain constant, and his protestation that his faith 'shall never break'.
Morley's piece was originally a 'Canzonet to two voices' (1593). It runs thus:-
When lo! by breake of morning
My love herself adorning,
Doth walk the woods so dainty
Gath'ring sweet violets and cowslips plenty,
The birds, enamour'd, sing and praise my Flora;
Lo! here a now Aurora!
Campion, Doctor of Medicine, poet and musician, one of the sweetest singers of his time, is here represented by a lover's plea to his lady to admit him to her favour. There is a note of pathos and anxiety in his tone.
In the first song by William Corkine (concerning whose life nothing is known), a lover begs his 'deare' to hear him. But he decides that she has made up her mind to show no pity, and so, after entreating her,- he ends:-
Sith here no help nor hope remaines,
To ease my griefe, or end my painos,
I'll seeke in lowest shades to finde
Reste for my heart, peace for my minde.
Go thou, more cruell far than faire,
And now, leave me to my despaire.
The second song expresses love's ardour:-
Sweet Cupid, ripen her desire,
Thy joyful harvest may begin;
If age approach a little nigher,
'Twill bo too late to get it in...
Then sweete, let us embrace and kiss...
Robert Jones's song shows us a tormented lover, whose Kate has run away. She is a heartless jade, for "He! he! he!" quoth she, "gladly would I see any man to die with loving". Then she gives him a hint: 'What a fool is lie, stands in awe of once denying'. He plucks up courage, and ends the story thus:-
Cause I had enough
To become more rough,
So I did; O happy trying!
Orchestra conducted by:
The Mountain Ash Girls'
Choir conducted by: