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Old 09-25-2021, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default I Vow To Thee My Country

This hymn, I Vow To Thee My Country is in England, and perhaps the whole
of Great Britain, considered to be both a hymn and a patriotic song. In
two verses it allows for one's loyalties to firstly one's country and secondly
to God's Kingdom. The hymn was adapted from a patriotic poem called The
Two Countries
written by a one time diplomat and UK Ambassador to the
United States of America, Sir Cecil Spring Rice and was later, with a
rewritten first verse, set to music by the British composer Gustav Holst in 1921.

No particular country is named in the verses and the song is one that almost all,
if not all, Christian countries could adopt as their anthem. Indeed it is quite
popular in the U.S.A. today.

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The excluded original second verse is perhaps the most patriotic of all and is
very reminiscent of English history.

I heard my country calling, away across the sea,
Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me
Her sword is girded at her side, her helmet on her head;
And round her feet are lying the dying and the dead;
I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns,
I haste to thee my mother, a son among her sons.

Maybe the 70's song The Last Farewell sung by Roger Whittaker was
inspired by this verse,
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