It wasn’t just We Plough the Fields and Scatter or For the Beauty of the Earth that was sung for Harvest Festival at All Saints Church Fulham on Sunday 2nd October. The Choir sang two great anthems at two different services.
Sir Edward Elgar’s very traditional, very English harvest anthem Fear not, O Land was sung during the 9:30 Sung Eucharist.
Elgar took words from the Bible, specifically the book of Joel in the Old Testament. Joel 2: 21-26
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God:
And the floors shall be full of wheat.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you.
During Choral Evensong at 6pm, the choir sang the jubilant The Heavens are Telling from the end of Part I of Austrian composer Joseph Haydn‘s great oratorio The Creation.
The text is taken from the first 3 verses of Psalm 19 (which was the psalm appointed for the day and sung during the morning service).