was composed in 1921; the words are from Milton’s Paradise Lost
. Apparently at one time this was intended as the first item in 114 Songs
, which proceeds in reverse chronological order from latest to earliest songs. (It is now the second item.) The mood is valedictory, suggesting a gentle harmony of all life, and closing with a quotation from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata ‘Les Adieux’.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2008