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Enjoy The Lark Ascending (1914), composed by (Ralph) Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with David Nolan on violin and Vernon Handley conducting (image: The Cornfield, 1826, by John Constable):
Vaughan Williams inscribed these lines from George Meredith's 1881 poem "The Lark Ascending" on the flyleaf of his published tone poem:
He drops the silver chain of sound,
Of many links without a break,
In chirrup, whistle, slur and shake.
For singing till his heaven fills,
'Tis love of earth that he instils,
And ever winging up and up,
Our valley is his golden cup
And he the wine which overflows
to lift us with him as he goes.
Till lost on his aerial rings
In light, and then the fancy sings.