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Everyone Sang, read by Siegfried Sassoon


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Siegfried Sassoon reads Everyone Sang

EVERYONE suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on—on—and out of sight.

Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.


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I am somewhere among the voices singing this musical setting of the poem by Iain Farrington (Everyone Sang is preceded by "Attack" and "Aftermath").

Twickenham Choral Society will be reprising the complete work "The Burning Heavens" towards the end of next year, more informatino about the cycle can be found at http://www.iainfarrington.com/burningheavens.html

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This was a delight to listen to! I've come across a few of these poems, read by Sassoon, but it was my first time hearing "Everyone Sang".

It always strikes me to hear the emotion in his voice as he reads. I imagine him with his eyes closed, remembering what it was he tried so hard to forget...

Thank you for posting.

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