Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Byard

Letter No.: 
[Mid September 1946]

The White Gates

Dear Byard

Certainly - tho’ I don’t think Green sleeves (do you know the words?) or “Lovely Joan” (do you know the words?) are suitable for church.
- Shakespeare you will remember says that the 100th Psalm does not go well with the tune of Greensleeves.1  (The point being that metrically it does fit & was probably so sung in some churches).
R. Vaughan Williams

1.  The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II sc.1: Mrs Ford on the words in her letter from Falstaff: “...but they do no more adhere and keep place together than the Hundredth Psalm to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’”.


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MS Mus. 1714/2/5, f.1

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MS Mus. 162, f.1
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