Epilogue

 

Dreams of Peace & Freedom : Epilogue

All Shall Be Well

 

Words from Dame Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love

Music by Sue Casson

 

David Maxwell Fyfe : Robert Blackmore

Sung by Sue and Lily Casson

Played by Sue Casson

 

Recorded at

Lana Banana Studios

Engineered by Henry Willard

 

All shall be Well - a two voice musical setting by Sue Casson of Julian of Norwich's famous text from her Revelations of Divine Love, quoted by T S Eliot to close The Four Quartets provides a coda to this cycle of songs offering an intimate insight into the birth of human rights in Europe. It is preceded by words of David Maxwell Fyfe taken from his appearance on Ed Murrow's iconic radio show What I Believe.

 

At school Maxwell Fyfe found the poetry of Rupert Brooke ‘trumped’ Wordsworth. But for me the poet who has always ‘trumped’ all others is T S Eliot. I found the words of 13th century mystic Julian of Norwich which he quoted in the climax to Little Gidding so comforting, it soon became my private mantra whenever things were difficult.

 

‘All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well’

 

There seems nothing better than these peaceful, hopeful words, written whilst the Second World War was still raging, to follow a statement of Fyfe’s personal credo. There is no evidence he found the solace I did in Eliot’s Little Gidding, but  it seems a fitting close to a story exploring the rebuilding of Europe after its’ destruction.

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