Crisparkle, Minor Canon, fair and rosy, and perpetually pitching himself head-foremost into all the deep running water in the surrounding country; Mr.
"Tell me, shep-herds, te-e-ell me; tell me-e-e, have you seen (have you seen, have you seen, have you seen) my-y-y Flo- o-ora-a pass this way!"' Melodiously good Minor Canon the Reverend Septimus Crisparkle thus delivers himself, in musical rhythm, as he withdraws his amiable face from the doorway and conveys it down- stairs.
If composers are the focus of Parts II and III, almost everything else that might be included in such a book is handled in Part I: the function of all types of music within the liturgy, not just the service and the anthem but chant too (including Anglican chant) and organ music; a generic overview of service music and the anthem; the building of organs; the role of vicars choral, minor canons
, lay clerks, choristers et al.
His name reappears in the account book of the warden of the College of Minor Canons at St Paul's in Midsummer 1647 and he signed for his dividend in the three subsequent years.(37) In April 1649 an Act of Parliament, which abolished 'Deans, Deans and Chapters, Canons, Prebends, and other Offices' and ordered the sale of ecclesiastical land and property,(38) deprived Bing of both his job and his home.
Bing was also appointed warden of the College of Minor Canons, a post which he probably held for two years, between Midsummer 1660 and 1662.(46) He seems to have been a diligent member of the college, signing the annual accounts each year until his death (apart from the five years when he lived out of London).
Tantalizingly, the outcome is not recorded; but it is a curious episode, particularly since the minor canons' accounts record several earlier instances of the leases on college buildings being sublet, and it appears to show Bing in a new light.
Unlike the dean, and several of his colleagues in the choir, Bing remained at the cathedral throughout the plague, ministering to the needy, burying the dead (which included two of the minor canons) and endeavouring to maintain the worship of the cathedral.
25,746: the account book of the warden of the College of Minor Canons of St Paul's Cathedral; contains examples of Bing's signature (1642-3, 1647-9, 1661-6), and the accounts for the years ending Midsummer 1661 and 1662 were copied by Bing
31 Stephen Bing signed the accounts of the warden of the College of Minor Canons (Guildhall Library, Ms.25,746) at Midsummer 1642 (f.22v), 1643 (f.24), 1647 (f.29), 1648 (f.30), 1649 (f.31v) and 1661 (f.33v) etc.
In 1534, records list John Hayward as minor canon or succentor at St Paul's cathedral.
(113) Forrest had been a minor canon of Osney Abbey in Oxfordshire and was (he claimed) a chaplain to Queen Mary.
Graves also responds to the question of whether the married Heywood could have been a minor canon.