I vow to thee, my country has often been regarded as a 'second national anthem' (or just possibly, third; after Blake's Jerusalem). The words were written by a British diplomat, Sir Cecil Spring Rice, shortly before the First World War ~ a historical telltale in itself, as this Quiz is drafted in the anniversary-rich early summer of 2014. The tune is adapted from which more-or-less contemporary orchestral work, and fits it as evocatively as a proverbial glove?
Bliss: Things to Come
Holst: The Planets
Vaughan Williams: Scott of the Antarctic
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance