With tears he fights and wins the field, his naked breast stands for a shield.
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No longer are we downcast but joyful and ready to thank God in the final song 'Deo gracias' which details the Fall of Adam - 'all for an apple - but if he had not taken the apple there would have been no need for Our Lady to be the heavenly Queen - so blessed was the time the apple was taken and we thank God for it'.
Britten was to use the processional idea again in 'Saint Nicholas', 'Noyes Fludde' and 'Curlew River'.
After the cool beauty of ' There is no rose' we hear a boy soprano soloist in ' That yonge child when it gan weep - with song she lulled him asleep'.
During the voyage they berthed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Britten came across a book of medieval poems and some of these he set during the voyage as the 'Ceremony of Carols'.