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SOURCES
The two principal surviving sources of the Songs of Farewell are:
S1 Printed edition by the Year Book Press:
i) ‘My soul, there is a country far beyond the stars’.
Text: Henry Vaughan (1621–95), ‘Peace’ from Silex Scintillans (‘Sparkling Flint’, Part 1, 1650).
ii) ‘I know my soul hath power to know all things’.
Text: Sir John Davies (1569–1626), Nosce Teipsum (‘Know Thyself’, 1599).
iii) ‘Never weather-beaten sail’.
Text: Thomas Campion (1567–1620), First Book of Ayres (c. 1613).
iv) ‘There is an old belief’.
John Gibson Lockhart (1794–1854), Letter to Thomas Carlyle, April 1, 1842; cited from Andrew Lang The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
(John C. Nimmo: London 1897) vol. 2, 235.
Publisher: Year Book Press 1916.
v) ‘At the round earth’s imagined corners’.
Text: John Donne (1572–1631), Holy Sonnets or Divine Meditations, Holy Sonnet 7 (1633).
‘Dedicated to Sir Hugh Allen, Mus.Doc. and the Bach Choir’. Publisher: Year Book Press 1917.
vi) ‘Lord, let me know mine end’.
Text: Psalm 39, vv. 5–15, Book of Common Prayer (1662). ‘Dedicated to Sir Hugh Allen, Mus.Doc. and the Bach Choir’. Publisher: Year Book Press 1918.
S2 GB-Obl [Bodleian Library, Oxford] MS.Mus.c.127.a (fols. 1–220)
Autograph manuscripts of fair copies, drafts and sketches of the Songs of Farewell.
The final drafts are written on 14-stave manuscript paper in open score using C clefs for the alto and tenor parts and are written on the ‘recto’ part of the folio.
i) ‘My soul, there is a country far beyond the stars’.
Fols. 1–8 final draft for printers. ‘Songs of Farewell No. 4’ Fols. 9–20 sketches.
Fols. 15–21 incomplete draft.
Fols. 24–27 draft of earlier version.
ii) ‘I know my soul hath power to know all things’.
Fols. 30–33 final draft for printers signed and dated ‘CHHP Aug 2 1914’ [no title] ‘For the group called “Songs of Farewell” ‘[no number given]
Fol. 34 sketch
Fols. 36–37 draft in short score
Fols. 38–39 sketches
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