Writings by Susan Dickinson

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S.H.D. Commonplace Book (16:35:1),
Martha Dickinson Bianchi Collection,
John Hay Library, Brown University Libraries


Every one having been seated, the service was begun. The Archbishop stood at the altar steps, directly before the coffin. On his left was the Bishop of Winchester, clad in scarlet robes.

The Bishop of Winchester read the lesson, from Corinthians, xv, "Man That Is Born of Woman" was chanted by the choir to Wesley's music, followed by "Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts."

The Dean of Windsor read, "I Heard a Voice," and the choir sang the Lord's Prayer to the music composed especially for the dead Queen by Gounod. Once more the strains of the choir, welled up through the ancient chapel with the singing of "How Blessed Are They That Die," by Tschaikowsky.

The Archbishop read the collect, and, quavering voice, pronounced the benediction. The King and all present bowed their heads low. A few sobs were heard and the choir then broke the oppressive stillness with the sweet harmony of the "Dresden Amen."

Then, in loud tones, Norroy King of Arms, (William Henry Weldon,) standing before the altar, proclaimed the dead monarch's titles. He ended by exclaiming "God Save the King" so forcefully and dramatically that his hearers started, stung into a realization of the change of regime which had so suddenly come about.

Spohr's anthem, "Blessed Are the Departed," followed, and the service was concluded by the playing of Beethoven's funeral march by Sir Walter Parrott, organist of St. George's Chapel and private organist to the late Queen.

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