I got up and went to the Early Service this morning and went again at 10 o’clock and sat in Poets’ Corner with Aunt Mary. The Dean of St. Albans preached from the text ‘Study to be quiet’. Somewhat long and very soothing; I found, like Mr. Badcock in ‘Sir John Constantine’, I listened better with my eyes shut.
This afternoon Ray and I went to the Albert Hall which I enjoyed muchly we began with the Overture to ‘Tannhauser’ which delighted me. Madame Julia Culp sang and sang well, if you didn’t look at her, a little song of Schubert and another of Mendelssohn. We ended up with ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ which inspires me somewhat, though I know musical people don’t much approve.
This, so the preacher reminded us this morning is Agincourt day and I have been murmuring to myself all day lots of the Henry V speech, the only one in the play I really delight in as it contains the line ‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’, beside the more stirring ones such as ‘And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, But we in it shall be remember’d’