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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1890-01-01
Page Number14
Word Count2100
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Newspaper TitleIllustrated Australian News and Musical Times
Trove TitleAn Anglican Requiem: A Christmas Story
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JI'_Tlie~ppbr'cbmiiM^ .and began to ruminate over his day's experience. Jz It was iwrfeotlyolear to him-that,if:.auy breath'-i; ?of the -glorious sea-- were presently in store for V him it would be solely through the aid--of ono .

Tidman. Ho had been told that his only, fault was his earnestness. ' JThen he thought of enr tain 'great ' composera. whose career had been .blighted ,by a' similar ' weaknesi.-rr.HoU took. . courage, and set himself to 1 his . desk, -in ;. order T;. that he -might -write ~thevcarols that 'had- been ordered of him. He got to work at them immp-^ diatoly,' and' in 'the'uelight; of - creating some-*' thing new and beautiful he soon forgot all about

his troubles. By the small hours of the morning ho had succeeded in producing threo carols, and com mencing a fourth ; (but as phis last one was pro ceeding -ho discovered that his firo had gone out.^i - and thathehiiuself;hadcauglit-a chill. --!-—— .r1*^ ~ir- Thonoxt morning he felt voryiill;ho,yhow-^*i; ]ever^ contrived tpV'cohiplete' his. fourth :carbl.'VVi Khbwingithat he would be receiveif with ill 'T ., grace, = should he present, ' h s manuscripts so 1 noon, he put them iiitb his 'desk, dnd'rejoiced'in the freedom which now permitted him to return to his requiem. O? u'.ti I'^i'i '-, :'-il; Thisideaof composing j an Anglican requiem had. originated in various coutomplations.:; Ono ' ? was, 'that' therewas nowor.k.ot'-this-kihd in tho ?-? repertoire of -the Anglican Church. ? - Ar's'econdii' was due to his belief, that 'a very beau tif ul-'mP'r- ^)' ...tuary .service i:couldleasilyl be compiled.ifrbm'u* various portions of Holy Writ, and from tho burial service in the Prayer Book. And ho do signed to construct a work whioh would bo, in its completo form, acceptable as a contribution to tho programme of somo provincial festival, . -while rtlie integral portions btVit. wouldserve;for'rt- 'cathodfal-and church sorvicesrrr't'K\ — r^+'r^^V: gl7A fe wjiiglits [after his *' day of{ onsets*pf^(]eF^- jpaii'iamongHt tho publishers lio^'tting.'over^iV his desk; when a knock came at his'door. There T,. entered an old man, much Mtrioken'in-years, but still erect and; unbroken. ? ~ ? : ',I am so glad you are come, father,' saidtlio oomposer^ warmly, i- ?-t-T-Sc ~r\~~-X-- ' — s.....,^.'.—^^; ' 'Soaniil gladtooomo.lto-youj'boy,' repiiedsi'''j ;tho bldinan.* ^''Hd^yisyour oliild;fthproquidin,'!i progressing ?!;i.. .._. .... :..„.,'.! _-.,~:: 'i .''.l'J.T.*_U£'~'-- r'r~ 'Slowly, but, I hope, surely,' rosponded the

composer. . . ' But . lot mo look at you. Good heavens ! How ill and thin you look, boy ! ' exclaimed the aged gentleman. ? 'My. cough- Jias boon vpry^bad, father,' re--L turned the'othev.' but oth'erwiso'(I am ''tolerably -*,' right.' '- _- _ . ^ -4. .. :% ?'? ._jtj__ ,', , ' Oh ! but you are not, boy !— '?- Don't toll' me'- ' 'you are right, with-your-bheeks « almost iL'dis- \' apj)oaiing, aud that bright, feverish look in your - oyes ! - What have you be'en 'doing with',your solf ?'' asked the old inan. -_ \ 'Only woiking','f athor, ' repliod tho composor, . who thus addressed his -guest simply_througli '' respect for his years. „* ? . .. 1 ?'Working, working, working ! '-bitterly, ox- (? claimed tho visitor; 'and for-»iothing,-I sup-.- X pose, as usual?' . - _'?? ''.Tho'publlBberB are against mo, it is truo,' ausweicd tho musician, 'but I supposo they will come round somo day.' !' Not until you degrade yourself by furnish ing them with some popular rubbish that will fill their money bags, -f said, tho elder man. That I havo made up my mind never to do,' oxokumod tho musioiau,_firinly. - ' Faithful. unto death; I leally believe, boy J' '' said tho vonorublo man, in a voioo of infinite -*' oommiserattoi). x ' v / - -f i s ~ 'I hope so,' quiotly replied tho 'other, r' i} l'1 . have triod tp ilgiib the good fight} fathei^ I luivo triod to keep the faith. .And wliyis it thftt.^ .acarooly niny. but tUO'J^wU? '-?ottk- theVfaith' 'ioy «??

coivo ro wards and 'wealth, and nro enabled. to ; live at oaso?' ~'.';Tv-'ai* ??'?*-? ''?' ' Ask me, boy,'',arawo'recl-tlie old man, full/, of scorn for.,tlio wo'rld-'and its 'ways, 'why it is j that daring; brazon vico often-'pays bettor than J '.'. tho brayest arid ynost long suffering virtue?,' BuHot'u^tallc^of soino.tliinsliaiJiiior. ? \;. ???'^ v'; It'*is unnecessary to^state'tho riainovand' con; ilition of tho old man, who has thus introduced himself to us as tho composer's friend. Suffice , it to say, ho was a man who had devoted hiinsolf to the pursuit of scientific questions from his earliest youth. He had studied his favorite pursuits in all the principal scien tific establishments in Europe and America. When 'approaching middle age, he was tho author of a strange invention, tho solution of o some advanced problem in meohanism^ando he] spent years and immenso sums ofr.rn6i\ey:,;in ;, perfecting it. In order to ijatentr-it, his fate' carried him into the jaws of tho Circum locution office. Hero ho found the oppor tunity ? of investing further capital . to ? a large amount, but unfortunately without either interest or the possibility of ever with drawing the prinoipal. For sevoral yoars he was regularly ^informed, in reply to' his repeated ?' . * inqmries^that his'sinvontion was' ??' under -''con- ; sidoration,'',&c.Jljiit this form of answer becorn- ; ing in 'the obuise of years monotonous, ho gave ' tho matter up as a bad job, and put up with tho loss of his invention, together with the greater part- of hw fortune and almost all his life's energies, with tho best grace lie could. One thing was rathor hard to bear. He discovered that liis invention had been pirated, and sold for a large sum to a foreign Government. ? Tho old gentleman,'* again') referred .to ? the V ? ? requiem. 'Last tiino'^I came,*¥-bby,'/saidi.ho, y 'you would not playime. one J6ar of it;; jbutiyorT; said you would if I'cairie againMh three weoks'.' Tliat time is now over, boy.'' .' Well, father,' returned the composer woarily, ' a good deal of it is sketched out, but I cannot give you much idea of what it will be liko; a pianoforte Li a poor substitute for orchestra, voices and organ. ' ' Well, I will do the best I oau, father.'.' 'That is well, boy.' . j The composer brought forth a lioap of manu script. As he commenced to put tho'leavos in order, he remarked, ' I think, father, it' is best that I should first tell you a littlo about the design of this requiem.' : ; '.:?.' . ' I shall bo deeply interested, boy,' solemnly replied the old gentleman. ; ,!i 'Dojyou ^remember, jfatbor,' then continued tlioipoor^cpjnjios'ej,^' w,hba iirjiertliat speaks of ?: ' tho sublime beauty of death ? '? ' I cannot at the ? moment tliink who it was.' ? ' . 'Neither can I; but no. matter, tho idea is one of deep -'and' caljta^thouglit,' answered tho veiierabl6'niari''wiiHfpT?of6imd'feeling.' j 'It is from that point of view that I have ? approached it in my requiem, father,' said tho yoiingor man, jWithr-anbrightr «milo of en thusiasm.- UXul A mXV/cIh^ . . r ' Go on, boy,' said his friend. ? r ;' ? .'. ?_-. ''Well, father, I begin,' answered.tho musi; cian.Jiis^nifinuscript held rovorently b'efdre,hirn\: on'thelt'able^^-tbogiii with tho most, touching ?' and comforting of all divine utterances, ?)' I -am; the resurrection and tho life. ' ' '? ???:?_ ''. t'i ? The musician sat down to tho pianoforte (the ono,^ttoT[it'jtbTelhiFo'bff-vlJiclf he 'was so; soon to'1 get into' 'trouble)' and' playe'd*lns' first number, which was a chorus. Tho strain was. one; of ; ; doep and profound solemnity, full of achaatened joy and a conquered^sqrro.w^suohvas jone ,fqels ?'. wlieircontornplatingHlie*los3~yof-':orie !!wo. havo loved, a contemplation in which the thought of a heavenly home, now the possession '.of .tho ?? bolovedfpno, overcomes the bittornoss 'of' tho grief Iwfhiclhwoiili), .perf oroo overwhelm: us \ when ?- the pang' of separation first raokodh .our hearts. ?, ''.-?'' ?- At its oonolusion^tliOjCpmp.oser turned. to his friend, who'se^hteaiij jvasjburiejl/in his'hands. .; After a short pauso'tho'latter''slighilyjraised;hi8. head, and motioned him to go on. 15 ???:!,- -r ? He proceeded with the next movoment.,; This sotTforth'the \vprd^'*-'I*fcu6w'that My Kedeomer' Tji*etli;'-Jnndvw'as5'muclMn the same mood' of ? fueling as tho former one, but relioved by entirely different treatment. Theso two numbers formed tho first 'division of tho work. Tho next one, and the, .two foK. lowing portions, constituted tho second division,' and woro devoted to the expression of tho pathos of death, the inpvitablo fato of man, tho unre lenting doom of tho body, to return to tho dust of which man is made. Tho first of the three numbers announced: 'We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.' This oonoludod with perhaps the most subymely touching, utterance .that evert prooeodod.frb'mlhuinan lipsr^a JrbVelatlon* of tlio' J most utterly simple minded and submissivo ? faith. 'Tho Loril gave, and tho Lord hath taken away : blessed bo tho name of the Lord.' In sotting thoso words to musio, tho com poser had struck a vein of puro gold ; indeed tho words badSf otind ' lni;'hi»!f hoai?t)/ tlfo^ musio ythat alono wast worthy, Wbear them.',-, -.i A tAC.i. Tho vorierable guestjyaa sobbing audibly ; and tho oomposer on finishing the' strain went and knelt'b'eforo him, and'goiUly took his hands. 'No, no, boy!' said the old man in low toneV;|i'i6t\mo 1ulo'nd'Vfor 'afmoment,' niy'old?' heart ia chastenodj and ..1. would'; bo quiet. ,,,Playk , mo some moro. It will oalm tho storm you havo raised.' '?'' ? . Tho obmposor roturnod to tho instrument nnd played, and partially sang tho two fol . lowing nnmboM. Those dealt with the same branoh of tho subject, commencing with 'A thousand yoars in thy sight are but as yester day 'and prooeedinglthroUghsevoralverses-of-t the samo Psalm,' up' to 'tho' words— 'Yofis ' thoir strength but labor and sorrow, so soon passeth it away, and wo aro gone,' anil then following with 'Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to livo ' the oomposor had in his musio arrived at thoolimaxof griof'and passionato sorrow, in a moment subdued into tlio most awful an.d completely broken-down, submission at: thVuttbranpe,VjIri .'tho mhlal of . lifoCwos.ftre m death,' \Mhonjmo/ stopped and askedtniLwrdpfr liatonorjr lto^hpuld play tho -;= Dead ' Mar Sit JWith ' whlch- 'thflilrat^half 'of tho' requiem oonoludod.

A nod from the aged and silvered' head con veyed acquiescence., .;?,, : .,?-; Tho Dead Maroh was played. ' :;' Then fell a solemn silonoe on the two. -What was passing in their two hearts' no mail oanrtell. Perhaps tliey thomsqlves scarooly reuliBed. The visitor so old,' yot 'so'lhalo and strong, and the composcriso.young, yetlso weak and frail ! Of;; what was each thinking? They spoke not, but their souls were bound in a . deep, wondrous sympathy. . After a while the old man raised his head, and., arose from his chair. Whilo filling his' pipe, he ' at last addressed his companion. ? ' ? ' ' I cannot talk about it, boy,' said he ten derly. 'I have felt it, that is enough. It is Wonderful, .wonderful ! ? But still, although it ripsVmeyup,' and brushes''me, ' T' 'wish', to';. hear more.' 0^;l^^j-p:i' j':S-l,_^ :.,'._ _. ?.'-,??& ?'.'.: -« -«'i ??have' no* moro to 'play' to you,'' father,' replied the youngor, 'but I will tell you my idea. Wo have got rid of all the dreadful part of death, now ; for the remainder, we come to tho joy and hope of eternity. At first the joy is subdued, and wo merely deal with tho poace and rest that como to thoso who die in tho Lord. Then follows a long portion dealing with the r triumph:of; death swallowed up in viotory, and thanks to God which ,:givoth 11s viotory through; our;Loid Jesus Christ;— - fi' ? -'--?-. ''? '??-?- '?'? ' Good !' said the aged man. 'Thon thero comes,' continued tho com poser — 'you know wheroitsays' — 'For as in Adam ? all dio ; even*so' in Christ- shall- all .be mado alive.' And then, the Requiem finishes, father, if I -have Btrongth to do it, with ono griufd outburst of triumphant, but always chastened- thankfulness, asorb of- amplified re-, potitioh of -the'/prmer ohorus, : 1 ' But thanks, be' to God whioli' givetli us the' victory through our LordVJowslOhrist, I!.!' .1AM. 11 ] J UJ. ? ''Amon!' devoutly 'murmured the old man.