Music I Vow to Thee My Country - Wallingford Parish Church Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with lyrics for congregations

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"I Vow to Thee, My Country" is a poem by the diplomat Sir Cecil Spring Rice, written in 1908 or 1912, entitled "Urbs Dei" ("The City of God") or "The Two Fatherlands". The poem describes how a Christian owes his loyalties to both his homeland and the heavenly kingdom. He rewrote the first verse in 1918 and it is this version which is used in the hymn.
The tune is 'Thaxted', adapted by Gustav Holst from the main theme to 'Jupiter' from his 'Planets' suite.
It is performed here by Wallingford Parish Church Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.