All Saints Fulham Choir will be singing Choral Evensong on Sunday 7 July. The anthem for the service is Expectans Expectavi by Charles Wood.
Charles Wood (1866-1926) was born in Armagh and was a chorister at St Patrick’s Cathedral. He studied at the Royal College of Music and Selwyn College, Cambridge. He later took over from Charles Stanford as Professor of Music at Cambridge University.
Expectans Expectavi was composed in 1919. The words are taken from the final 2 verses of a poem of the same name by World War One poet Charles Sorley. The poem was written by Sorley in 1915 and published in a volume entitled A Treasury of War Poetry edited by George Clarke in 1917.
From morn to midnight, all day through,
I laugh and play as others do,
I sin and chatter, just the same
As others with a different name.
And all year long upon the stage,
I dance and tumble and do rage
So vehemently, I scarcely see
The inner and eternal me.
I have a temple I do not
Visit, a heart I have forgot,
A self that I have never met,
A secret shrine–and yet, and yet
This sanctuary of my soul
Unwitting I keep white and whole,
Unlatched and lit, if Thou should’st care
To enter or to tarry there.
With parted lips and outstretched hands
And listening ears Thy servant stands,
Call Thou early, call Thou late,
To Thy great service dedicate.
The video is Expectans Expectavi sung by the choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.