I Vow To Thee My Country is a hymn that emphasizes the fact that Christians are citizens of two kingdoms, the earthly one and the heavenly one.
This has created all sorts of tensions in the minds of Christians especially on how they are to relate to civil authorities.
This hymn, I Vow To Thee My Country is a patriotic song that tries to show how these two loyalties operate.
This hymn came from a patriotic poem written by Sir Cecil Spring Rice. It was set to music by Gustav Holst in 1921.
Sir Cecil Spring-Rice was a British diplomat who later became the UK Ambassador to the United States of America. He used his influence to persuade Woodrow Wilson to join Britain in the war against Germany during the First World War.
It was while in America that he rewrote this hymn in 1918 to concentrate on love and sacrifice rather than "noise of battle" and "the thunder of her guns".
|Sir Cecil Spring Rice|
This song was originally known as Urbs Dei (The City of God) or the Two Fatherlands standing for the Christian's loyalty to heaven and homeland.
Below are the lyrics of this hymn.
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.
If you are into patriotic songs here is another one, My Country Tis Of Thee.
Below is a video featuring, I Vow To Thee, My Country.