Notes by Virgil Thomson and texts of selected vocal works on container.
Music of the colonial period (Seeds of love -- Felix the soldier -- Springfield Mountain -- Quaker's courtship -- What a court hath old England -- Liberty song). Dance and parlor music (John come kiss me now -- My thoughts are wing'd with hope / John Dowland -- Fine companion ; Newcastle). Religious music (Make yee a joyfull sounding noyse / John Dowland -- Make yee a joyfull sounding noyse / Daniel Purcell -- When Jesus wept / William Billings -- Gloria from the Magnificat / C.T. Pachelbel).
Passage to India / Walt Whitman -- Journal / Columbus -- Needs of the Virginia Colony ; Description of New England / John Smith -- Of Plymouth Plantation / William Bradford -- Book of the ocean to Scinthia / Walter Raleigh -- Generall considerations for the plantation in New England -- Poem -- Anne Bradstreet -- Indentured servant's letter -- New England primer -- Story / Mary Rowlandson -- Letter / William Penn -- Sermon / Jonathan Edwards -- Speech / Charles Townshend -- Speech / Isaac Barré -- Speech / Patrick Henry
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