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Another Country

November 11, 2016


It is after all, November 11th, ‘Armistice Day’, which reminds me of the hymn “I Vow to Thee my Country” – which I was recently exposed to again.  ‘Tis the season.  In some places.  Now the hymn itself of course reminds me of the movie Another Country about pre-war public school betrayal and radicalisation starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.  Everett stars as Guy Bennett (transparently Guy Burgess) and Colin Firth appears as the official school Marxist.  Indeed, the last line of Another Country is playfully referenced by Colin Firth in the recent film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  
But the hymn floats through the film and it’s been the hymn that troubles me.


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,

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