Saturday 19 February 2022 Evensong
This service features music by four English composers: Byrd, Sumsion, Finzi and Howells. The anthem, Finzi's 'Lo, the full, final sacrifice', is a piece of epic proportions. Finzi used excerpts from two poems by poet Richard Crashaw, who in turn based these poems on a work by St Thomas Aquinas. The following is an excerpt of the poem, which Finzi partly sets as a duet between tenor and bass:
"O soft self-wounding Pelican!
Whose breast weeps balm for wounded man.
All this way bend thy benign flood
To a bleeding heart that gasps for blood.
That blood, whose least drops sovereign be
To wash my worlds of sins from me."