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Rogation Sunday Music

The Sunday before Ascension is also known as Rogation Sunday. Rogation comes from the Latin verb rogare which means ‘to ask’ and so Rogation Sunday is a traditional time to ask for blessing on nature and on the fields, and animals.

At All Saints Fulham, the Choir will sing My Soul, There is a Country by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) at Choral Evensong.

This is the first piece in a collection of six songs by Parry entitled Songs of Farewell. The songs which were written during World War 1 and published in 1918. Sadly Parry died soon after they were published in the Spanish flu outbreak just before the end of the war.

The lyrics for My soul, there is a country were written by the 17th century Welsh poet Henry Vaughan – the poem is called ‘Peace’.

View of All Saints Church Fulham from across the Thames

View of All Saints Church Fulham from across the Thames

My soul, there is a country
Far beyond the stars,
Where stands a winged sentry
All skilful in the wars:

There, above noise and danger
Sweet Peace sits crowned with smiles
And One, born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.

He is thy gracious friend
And, O my soul, awake!
Did in pure love descend
To die here for thy sake.

If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flow’r of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither,
Thy fortress and thy ease.

Leave then thy foolish ranges,
For none can thee secure
But One who never changes,
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.

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About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.

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