Funeral service congregation in Westminster Abbey - December, 1889

from Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport, page 139:

In December, 1889, came the funeral of Robert Browning, a great and impressive service, attended by many distinguished people. I was asked to set some words of Mrs. Browning's, to be sung at the graveside, the verse suggested being, "What would we give to our beloved." Referring to the choice of these words, Mrs. Oliphant wrote from Windsor: "I think it a most beautiful thought, and one which Browning would have entirely appreciated, to lay him in his grave to the sound of his wife's beautiful words." Afterwards some very kind letters were written to me by members of the Browning family.
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Frederick Bridge, Westminster Pilgrim; Being a Record of Service in Church, Cathedral and Abbey, College University and Concert Room, with a Few Notes on Sport (1919), p. 139. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432831286808 accessed: 4 December, 2021

location of experience: Westminster Abbey

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What we would give to our beloved
written by Frederick Bridge, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
performed by Choir of Westminster Abbey

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1889
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Thu, 28 May 2015 17:41:27 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:34:56 +0000