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I vow to thee, my country…

Do you want to know more about the music you are hearing these days at high school?

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“I Vow to Thee, my Country” is a hymn tune by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) based on the central theme from “Jupiter” in his Planets Suite. In hymn books the music is called Thaxted, the town where Holst lived. The lyrics come from a poem by Cecil Spring-Rice (1859–1918) to honour those soldiers who had died during World War I. Because of the sentiments expressed in the poem, it is also used as a Patriotic Song. The hymn was a favourite with Princess Diana and was sung at her wedding and later at her funeral. The music has frequently been used for sporting events as an instrumental or as a song with alternative lyrics, for example the Rugby World Cup anthem “World in Union” first sung in 1991 by Kiri te Kanawa and then recorded 20 years later by Hayley Westernra.

I vow to thee, my country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love

The love that asks no questions
The love that stands the test
That lays upon the alter
The dearest and the best

The love that never falters
The love that pays the price
The love that makes undaunted
The final sacrifice

A love that asks no questions
A love that stands the test
That lays upon the alter
The dearest and the best

I vow to thee, my country
All earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect
The service of my love

And there’s another country
I’ve heard of long ago
Most dear to them that love her
Most great to them that know

We may not count her armies
We may not see her King
Her fortress is a faithful heart
Her pride is suffering

And soul by soul and silently
Her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness
And all her paths are peace

We may not count her armies
We may not see her King
Her fortress is a faithful heart
Her pride is suffering

And soul by soul and silently
Her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness
And all her paths are peace

 

Songwriters
MASTERSON, CLIFFORD DAVID / ANSELL, JONATHAN MARK / CHRISTIE, MICHAEL / STIFF, MATTHEW WILLIAM / THAPA, BENJAMIN VISCHAL / HOLST, GUSTAV

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