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According to folklore, if it's rainy on St Swithin's Day, it'll rain every day for the following 40 days. At Classic FM we're a pretty optimistic bunch, but if you're unlucky enough to be caught in a shower on 15 July, allow us to recommend a suitably stormy soundtrack for your summer...
This charming song cycle by Finzi sets ten poems by Thomas Hardy, taking its title from the lyrics of the final movement, Proud songsters: "No finches were, nor nightingales, Nor thrushes, But only particles of grain, And earth, and air, and rain."
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