Many regard ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ as Britain’s national anthem, especially when sung in accompaniment to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.1. Traditionally featured with ‘Rule Britannia’ in the sensational climax to the Last Night of the Proms, it was sung with exceptional gusto by a flag-waving public during the Proms 121st season.
As we watched it live last weekend and played the majestic music over surround-sound, Nina heard the words and got thoroughly ‘sizzled’ all over by the Holy Spirit’s response to the chorus’ declarations:
“Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet”
She was instantly reminded of the scrolling text the Lord showed her as troops marched to the Trooping the Colour: “This is My country!” PLUS the later prophetic word resonating with it: “The Redcoats are coming, the British are Coming!” (Read about both events here and here.).
So, take 10 minutes to soak in this sublime national festivity, conducted splendidly with reprise, by Sakari Oramo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. These videos clip by Daniel Whitley are courtesy of the BBC.:
This was followed by the famous song written 100 years ago based upon William Blake’s poem based upon the legend of child Jesus visiting Roman Britain during one of his uncle Joseph of Arimethea’s trading trips to the Cornish tin mines.:
Then the assembly sang the real national anthem, “God Save the Queen”.:
Also available, BBC Last Night of the Proms 2016 in 3 Minutes