Caroline Powys in Canterbury Cathedral - 5 August, 1798, in the morning

from Canterbury Journal, 1798, page 306:

As to cathedral-worship, I daresay I may be wrong, but the chanting one’s prayers does not to me seem devotion properly expressed, and in general the clergymen who read them, and the boys who repeat, seem so evidently endeavouring to excel each other in vociferous exclamation, that it gives their characters too frivolous an appearance. As to anthems or sacred music in that style, it must ever be most awfully pleasing.

cite as

Caroline Powys, Canterbury Journal, 1798. In Climenson, Emily J. (ed.), Passages from the Diaries of Mrs. Philip Lybbe Powys of Hardwick House, Oxon. A.D. 1756 to 1808 (London, 1899), p. 306. accessed: 26 February, 2024

location of experience: Canterbury Cathedral


Caroline Powys

Listening to

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Cathedral worship performed by Boys, Clergymen

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 August, 1798, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:47:48 +0000
Approved on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:19:23 +0000