A supplemental Music For The Day suggestion: “Look, The Storm Cone” from Act I of Benjamin Britten’s 1945 masterpiece, the opera Peter Grimes.
This music seems particularly apt given the severe weather which continues to batter much of the United Kingdom this week, leading to the first “red warning” of the winter from the Met Office.
As the villagers proclaim at the climax: O tide that waits for no man – spare our coasts!
All Now the flood tide And the sea-horses Will gallop over The eroded coast Flooding, flooding Our seasonal fears. Look! The storm cone The wind veers. A high tide coming Will eat the land A tide no breakwaters can withstand. Fasten your boats. The springtide’s here With a gale behind. Chorus Is there much to fear? Ned Only for the goods you’re rich in: It won’t drown your conscience, it might flood your kitchen. Boles God has his ways which are not ours: His high tide swallows up the shores. Repent! Ned And keep your wife upstairs. Omnes O Tide that waits for no man Spare our coasts!