Homeland Stroope
29 May 2016
Homeland by Z. Randall Stroope performed by the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, April 2016, conducted by Jeff Faux The arranger of Homeland (Z. Randall Stroope) wrote the second and third stanzas in dedication to his own father who, as a prisoner of war, walked the Bataan Death March in World War Il so that his son, and the sons and daughters of others, might celebrate freedom and life to this day. Text: I vow to you, my county, 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. Though the road has bends and tums, and my spirit suffers, Humans fail, systems fail, shadows fall. But the ruts run deep, cut by the blood of faces above, And voices now silent... But the message loud is heard: "Homeland, homeland. Renew your youth
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