I Vow To Thee My Country/ Savior
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To the tune of Gustav Holst's Jupiter as in "I vow to thee my country"
I vow to thee, my savior, 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 savior calling, away across the sea,
Across the waste of waters he calls and calls to me.
His sword is girded at his side, his helmet on his head,
And round his feet are lying the dying and the dead.
I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns,
I haste to thee my Father, 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.
The lyrics as usually sung omit the middle verse.
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FROM Sacred Sky