The National anthem

to keep or change

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27/07/2004 at 18:05
oh yes i know that game-but i dont think its posssible
27/07/2004 at 18:06
oh well! lets stick with the original tune then. Would still be a cracking choice
27/07/2004 at 18:27
What about 'I vow to thee my country'

(the tune is the one used as 'A World in Union' Rugby song - but was written by Gustav Holst with these words):

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.

Ok a bit churchy, maybe, but less so than the others?
27/07/2004 at 18:30
oops - just realised - it's a bit colonial too - scrap that - unless we keep the first verse only.

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