I vow to thee, my country

A powerful, haunting rendition of this iconic song. A song which will forever remind me of Princess Diana’s funeral – where it was sung.

This version, by Beck Goldsmith, is featured on the new BBC drama The Village – which premièred today on BBC1.


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.

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 thy sons.

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.

More info on the provenance of this song, dating from 1921 and written by a British diplomat, on Wikipedia.

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  1. Fantastic hymn, but I don’t like the breathiness (?) of this version. It should be roistered out, a defiant anthem, I feel. Jupiter is a fantastic melody anyway, never mind the words…
    The Village was filmed a few miles from here and a boy from school has a decent role in it (Gilbert). The Secret of Crickley Hall was also filmed not far away, we must be cheap for locations!!

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