A Voice In The Dusk, Op 91, Four Lyrics by John Irvine
Words by John Irvine

  1. Spring (She comes all so gently), B@ [f’–g’’] (originally in G)
  2. In the Faery Hills (A horn in the distance calling), E@ [d’–g’’]
  3. The wind comes softly (The wind comes softly), F [e’–f’’]
  4. Moon Magic (A young man comes with silver feet), [e’–g’’]

B–P Library, Box 6: MS, ink, dated, printer’s copy, 8 pages and title page

Winthrop Rogers 1938 [BL: G1177a8]


Two Songs arranged from ‘Elizabeth Rogers Hir Virginal Booke’ (Feb. 27 1656) [
BL: Add MS 10337] 1938

  • Lye still, my dear (Lie still my dear, why dost thou rise?) Am [g’#-f’’]

Words anonymous, printed in the 1669 edition of John Donne’s poems, beginning
‘Stay O sweet and do not rise’, and included in Quiller-Couch’s Oxford Book of English Verse, but
considered inauthentic by modern editors. For another edition of this same song see
Arnold Dolmetsch Select English Songs and Dialogues, Book 2.

  • Fyer, fyer, (Fyer, fyer, loe here I burn in such desire) G [d’–e’’]

Words anonymous, but actually by Thomas Campion, from his Third Book of Ayres,
1618, though this is not his tune
Words Anon
B–P Library, Box 7: MS, ink, printer’s copy, 4 pages, title page and text sheet
Winthrop Rogers 1938 [BL: G1177a10] Dedicated to P.W.


Odysseus, Op 90                                                                         December 1937 – November 1938
Symphony in 4 movements for soprano and baritone soli, mixed chorus and orchestra:
2 flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets,
3 trombones, tuba,
timpani, bass drum, side drum, triangle, cymbals, piano, strings
Words by Mordaunt Currie
1. Escape from Calypso
2. Circe
3. Cyclops
4. The Return
B–P Library, Box 5: MS, vocal score, ink, printer’s copy, 136 pages and title page, and text
Duration: 60’
Boosey & Hawkes 1939 vocal score [BL: F1267u3] Dedicated to My Wife (Honor)
First performance 3 April 1946 at Newcastle City Hall (Newcastle & Gateshead Choral Union)


The Mother’s Lament (Goodman piper, pipe them back)
16 April 1938
Female voice quartet (optional) and chorus
Words by John Drinkwater (from ‘The Pied Piper’)
B–P Library, Box 5: MS, score, ink, dated, printer’s copy, 5 pages and title page
Boosey & Hawkes 1939 [BL: F217i21] with tonic sol–fa
Dedicated to Tirzah Barnes and Belstead School