This arrangement of a familiar American spiritual is by John Rutter, an English composer who in March composed an anthem to honor the Ukrainian spirit.
The recording below is by the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, two and half years ago. In Ukraine.
For me it celebrates the indomitable spirit of the people, their artistic joy, and the universal longing all share for peace.
From November 18, 2019: “I ain’t going to study war no more”
Ukrain is a democratic country in which courageous leaders arise, respected in their generation and to be honored by those to come.
Winston Churchill in July, 1940, after Poland, Belgium and France had been conquered, foresaw this present moment when he said to the world at that time: “And now it has come to us to stand alone in the breach, and face the worst that the tyrant’s might and enmity can do. Bearing ourselves humbly before God, but conscious that we serve an unfolding purpose, we are ready to defend our native land against the invasion by which it is threatened. We are fighting by ourselves alone; but we are not fighting for ourselves alone.”