This is one of some 70 songs that Martin Shaw wrote between 1906 and his death in 1958. His music has almost disappeared from the repertoire, and this is one of the few now in print. A recent concert of his songs at the Ludlow English Song Weekend June 2010 under the auspices of the Finzi Friends showed how good a song writer he is. This song, written at the height of WW1 and following his Six Songs of War (1914) with its heartfelt signature song 'Venizel', is dedicated to his lifelong friend from student days, Ralph Vaughan Williams which is some indication of its quality. Here Shaw rejoices in nature and with a hopefulness in strong contrast with the darkest days of war. Shaw has a directness of approach and a positivism different from other contemporary English pastoralists and this song has an ebullience, lyricism and joyfulness:, its craftsmanship is impeccable and is a joy both to sing and play.
- (Bath, United Kingdom)