14. For the Beauty of the Earth

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1 For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies:

Refrain:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2 For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light: [Refrain]

3 For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight: [Refrain]

4 For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild: [Refrain]

5 For thyself, best gift divine
to the world so freely given;
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth and joy in heaven: [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: For the beauty of the earth
Title: For the Beauty of the Earth
Author: Folliot Sandford Pierpoint (1864, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Scripture: Psalm 148; Genesis 1:11-18; Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 104:24; Psalm 107:21-22; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 12:9-10; Colossians 3:14; Hebrews 13:15; James 1:17; Revelation 14:7
Topic: Creation; Family; Love for Others3 more...
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lord of all, to thee we raise
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher (1838)
Abr.: William Henry Monk (1861)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7
Key: G Major or modal


Text Information:

In the course of many revisions, the original eucharistic emphasis of this text has shifted to a hymn of thanksgiving for a wide range of human experience, with a Christological summation. It is set here to the tune that is customary in North America, though not elsewhere.


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