Music in Cambridge
We go to Clare College Chapel in Cambridge to celebrate the life of Nicholas Ferrar (founder of the Little Gidding community), and we are treated to a choral Evensong that sparkles with the fine singing of the College Choir.
Then we join hundreds of spectators lining the banks of the River Cam to listen to the Choir of Trinity College, sitting in punts on the river, singing the most beautiful madrigals you could imagine. The harmonies drift across the water, mixing with the sounds of nature at sunset……pure magic. I find myself choked by the beauty of one in particular…..Only in Sleep:
Only in sleep I see their faces
Children I played with when I was a child
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided
Annie with ringlets warm and wild.
Only in sleep Time is forgotten
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago
And the doll house stood on the turn of the stair.
The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces
I met their eyes and found them mild
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder
And for them am I too a child?