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Last Night of the Proms

Soon after 2000 I connected with my father on the topic of The BBC Proms concerts hosted in the Royal Albert Hall in London. As it turns out we both followed broadcasts of The Proms, especially the Last Night, which includes such family favorites as Rule, Britannia! and Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem. We talked about one day going together.

Here’s a nice recording of this year’s production: Last Night of the 2014 BBC Proms.

Feel free to jump to the sing-alongs at the end (and sing out merrily as KDG would have).

[1:53:25] Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
[2:00:28] Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major (‘Land of Hope and Glory’)
[2:07:44] Jerusalem (orch. Elgar)

Update (10/1/14): WQXR and BBC audio clips for this broadcast have expired.  You can find Proms recordings on services like Spotify.

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George Herbert

Love (III)
by George Herbert, 1593 – 1633

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
  Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
  From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
  If I lacked anything.

“A guest,” I answered, “worthy to be here”:
  Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
  I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
  “Who made the eyes but I?”

“Truth, Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
  Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
  “My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love, “and taste my meat.”
  So I did sit and eat.

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