I vow to thee, my country (Gustav Holst)
- Editor: Paul Hayward (submitted 2011-08-05). Score information: A4, 1 page, 1 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: An SATB choral version of the popular hymn.
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-01-07). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 20 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Unison version with organ/piano accompaniment.
Description: The tune comes from the popular orchestral suite The Planets, specifically the movement Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolity. It is named after the town in Essex. Diana, Princess of Wales requested this hymn be sung at her wedding, saying it had "always been a favourite since schooldays." To complete the great circle it was also sung at her funeral in 1997.
Original text and translations
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 question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
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.