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
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.