Christopher Palmer, the cantor for yesterday’s 10 o’clock Parish Eucharist writes
Several people asked about the song I sung during communion this Sunday. It was I got me flowers from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. All five are settings of poems by George Herbert; this one is Easter:
I got me flowers to strew thy way;
I got me boughs off many a tree:
But thou wast up by break of day,
And brought’st thy sweets along with thee.
The Sun arising in the East,
Though he give light, and the East perfume;
If they should offer to contest
With thy arising, they presume.
Can there be any day but this,
Though many suns to shine endeavour?
We count three hundred, but we miss:
There is but one, and that one ever.
Singing it was the fulfillment of a long-held ambition to use it liturgically in the Easter season!