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I think Vaughan Williams' 5th Symphony is the most beautiful thing ever created by an Englishman. Here's why. (And if you can't commit to a symphony, listen to The Lark Ascending, serenade to Music or Tallis Fantasia)

Vaughan Williams

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse22 Jul 2013

I am welcomed into a community

Twenty generations deep.

A friend embraces me

And with infinite kindness


Life is sad.

Consolation is offered,

That doesn't cheer,

But does comfort:

Life is also beautiful.

The end is the silence

At the end.