Feb 172016
 

Cantabile presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 1936 cantata Dona Nobis Pacem for chorus and orchestra. Written between the two World Wars, with texts from three poems by Walt Whitman, the Bible, and the Catholic Mass, Dona Nobis Pacem is a powerful and moving plea for peace.

VI

‘Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall make them afraid, neither shall the sword go through their land.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, I will go into them.
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled; and let them hear, and say, it is the truth.
And it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues.
And they shall come and see my glory. And I will set a sign among them, and they shall declare my glory among the nations.
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, so shall your seed and your name remain for ever.’

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will toward men.

— Adapted from Micah iv. 3, Leviticus xxvi. 6, Psalms lxxxv. 10, and cxviii. 19, Isaiah xliii. 9, and lxvi. 18-22, and Luke ii. 14