SATB choir and Organ. A great, easy, and incredibly stirring piece for a service in which a patriotic anthem is desired.
In 1921 Gustav Holst adapted the music from a section of Jupiter from his suite The Planets to create a setting for the poem. The music was extended slightly to fit the final two lines of the first verse. At the request of the publisher Holst made a version as a unison song with orchestra. When the poet, Cecil Spring-Rice, wrote this text in 1921, the first verse refered to England, and the sacrifice of those who died during the First World War. Now this first stanza can easily refer to any of those who sacrificed their lives for their country. The last verse, starting "And there's another country", is a reference to heaven. The final line is based on Proverbs 3:17, which reads "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
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