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Everything about this poem is so incredibly powerful and beautiful—and full of tension. Until he says ‘Let me be wafted’—and the words which follow—he essentially says ‘take me away from here’—transport me to somewhere else. The music changes right at this point. The magic moment … for me in the poem, and in the music, is the final three lines—it is a contrast between two opposing strengths—mortal flesh and love. It is the alto part which sets up this contrast, urging the need to be patient against the rising tide of harmonic tension in the other parts. The final resolution to the major chord is the victory of love.
from notes by Stephen W Salts © 2015
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