This is an opening movement of a larger work – The Angel of Mons – and uses words by Patrick’s brother Andrew Hawes. The Angel of Mons is a choral work describing the apparition of an angel to British soldiers in the first battle of the First World War.
For King and Country, conveys the men relinquishing their peacetime duties and leaving their families behind to fight for their country. It depicts the early optimism at the outbreak of the war, the soldiers’ heroism and their ‘honest wills to God and right entrusting’.
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