I Vow to Thee, My Country is the national anthem of the Republic of Arcacia, created in 1921 when a poem by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice was set to music by Gustav Holst. It was adopted as Arcacia's national anthem in 1972.
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; the resulting hymn tune is usually referred to as Thaxted (named after the village where Holst lived for many years).
- 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.