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CARISSIMI, the famous seventeenth century writer of Oratorios and Cantatas, presents in this song not the common conception of the triumph of love, but the unusual one of the lover's emphatic renunciation of it, and his outburst of satisfaction at being freed from its power.
HANDEL'S air is perhaps the finest piece of vocal storm music in existence-a splendid bit of floridity in a style long gone out of fashion.

: Bach Church Cantata

(' Erforschp mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz')
' Thou knowest me, God, Thou hast searched my heart'
(The words are given on pnge 149)

: A Religious Service

Conducted by Mr. H. G. Silcock :
Joint Secretary of the Friends' Service Council
Order of Service :
Hymn, ' For the Beauty of the Earth' (Church
Hymnary, No. 17)
Hymn, ' Let us with a Gladsome Mind ' (I verse) (Church Hymnary, No. II)
Reading, St. Matthew vi, vv. 19-34
Hymn, 'There is a Book who runs may read '
(Church Hymnary, No. 8)
Hymn, The King of Love my Shepherd is '
'(Church Hymnary, No. 438)
As Secretary of the Friends' Service Council, after being at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and Oriel, Oxford, Mr. H. G. Silcock spent the years 1908-1920 in China, becoming Vice-President of the West China Union University, Chengtu. In 1920 he returned home to become Secretary of the Friends' Foreign Mission Association, now known as the Friends' Service Council. He delivered the annual Swarthmore Lecture of the Society of Friends in 1927 on ' Christianity and World Unrest.' Well known in the West Country, Mr. Silcock is a Somerset man, his father having been at one time M.P. for the Wells division.

: The Week's Good Cause

Appeal on behalf of the Women's Holiday Fund
By the Rev. Canon C. S. WOODWARD is the object of this Fund, which is the Good Cause of this week, is to send women requiring rest and change to seaside or country for a fortnight or three weeks' holiday. The average cost of two weeks' holiday is £3, including fares, of which applicants pay about one third. The Society has one permanent Holiday Home at St. Leonard's-on-Sea, kept for mothers and babies, which is open most of the year round. It was founded in 1895 by people who realised that most of the misery found in the poorer quarters of London was due to the fact that so many working women lacked any opportunity for relaxation or change. Every year it provides a considerable number of these women, who have never had such a thing in their lives, with a holiday, and little imagination is required to picture the resulting joy and renewal of health and spirits.
Contributions should be sent to the Secretary, Women's Holiday Fund [address removed]


Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
ARENSKY (1861-1906) wrote some very attractive sets of Variations, both for two Pianos and for Orchestra.
The set we are to hear is founded on a child's song by Tchaikovsky (to whose style that of Arensky lias a good deal of likeness).
The song is well known to us as 'A Legend.' (It begins 'Christ had a garden'). On its melody Arensky has built seven very clear and graceful Variations.

: Epilogue

'The Aine Blessings.'

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