From the recordings The Complete Hymns And Christmas Carols Backing Tracks, The Hymns Backing Track Collection : Volume 1 : Classics, The Full Hymns Backing Track Collection, and The Hymns Backing Track Collection
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Sir Cecil Spring-Rice (1859-1918)
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.