Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harold Child

Letter No.: 
VWL4951
[Autumn/Winter 1913]

Hotel Suisse,
Ospedaletti-Ligure,
Riviera,
Italy.

On 2nd thoughts - if you have not already done anything better for Mary's arioso I think I cd. do it out of 8 lines from your original song, thus

 'Oh no! the fighters come -
 I hate all hate and cruelty,
 Nought suffers, but a sting
 Pierces my very heart, while he
 Gloats o'er their suffering;
 And must I now, I too, I too,
 My youth beneath this knife,
 And must I fall like you, like you,
 His victim - caled his wife.'

Do you approve?
R.V.W.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/4, ff.75-76
Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
R.V.W.: a biography, p.420