Author of the Lyrics
The author of the motivational words of the "I Vow to thee my Country" lyrics, Cecil Arthur Spring-Rice (February 27, 185-February 14, 1918), was born in Middlesex, England and achieved fame as a Hymn writer. He also served as British ambassador to the United States (1912 - 1918).
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "I Vow to thee my Country", Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874-May 25, 1934), was born in Cheltenham, Essex, England and became famous as a composer, arranger and teacher. World famous for his seven-movement orchestral suite 'The Planets'.
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: I Vow to thee my Country
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Cecil Arthur Spring-Rice (February 27, 185 to February 14, 1918)
Nationality of Author: English
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Gustav T. Holst (September 21, 1874 to May 25, 1934)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love"
First Publication Date: 1918
I Vow to thee my Country Lyrics
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.