Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harold Child

Letter No.: 
May 24 [1942]

The White Gates

Dear Harold
I feel very ungrateful and pernickety - but do we want fierce warlike words for that very sentimental unwarlike tune?
What do you think?
I imagined something more as the These things shall be a loftier race1
another valse
type of thing
What do you think?
But on yr ready I see that the ever could be
Otherwise the tune words fit the tune fairly, & hug it out.
That rhyme doesn't matter a bit - I truly had an idea that it was indecent to have a tune without a rhyme
Yrs ever
R Vaughan Williams

1.  By John Ireland.

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/4, ff.135-136
General notes: 

Harold Child had been asked to write a song to music adapted from the Prelude The 49th Parallel.  He wrote ‘The New Commonwealth’.  See Catalogue of Works 1940/3.