I vow to thee, my country

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Independence Day, watercolor on paper, Andrew Wyeth, 1961

I Vow to Thee, My Country

by Cecil Spring-Rice (1918)

Musical score by Gustav Holst, 
Listen to trumpet setting here performed Timothy Moke.
Joel CARTER, Vietnam
I VOW to thee, my country, all earthly things above,


Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;

Charles STRONG, Vietnam
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,


That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;

Looking for survivors, Vietnam
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,


The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

Ralph BRADFORD, Korea
AND there's another country, I've heard of long ago,


Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;

Dr. Gordon ARNOLD, Vietnam
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;


Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;

In Memorium:  Roy F. ALEXANDER, WWII, France
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,

Steve with his Grandfather Fowler, 1965
And her ways are ways of gentleness, 

In Memorium:  The Rev. Frederick FOWLER, Chaplain, World War II, Pacific Theatre
and all her paths are peace.


Battle Ensign, tempera on panel, Andrew Wyeth, 1987



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