O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea

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1 O Lord of heaven and earth and sea,
to thee all praise and glory be.
How shall we show our love to thee
who givest all?

2 The golden sunshine, vernal air,
sweet flowers and fruit, thy love declare;
when harvests ripen, thou art there,
who givest all.

3 For peaceful homes, and healthful days,
for all the blessings earth displays,
we owe thee thankfulness and praise,
who givest all.

4 Thou didst not spare thine only Son,
but gav'st him for a world undone,
and freely with that bless├Ęd One
thou givest all.

5 Thou giv'st the Holy Spirit's dower,
Spirit of life and love and power,
and dost his sevenfold graces shower
upon us all.

6 For souls redeemed, for sins forgiven,
for means of grace and hopes of heaven,
Father, what can to thee be given,
who givest all?

7 We lose what on ourselves we spend,
we have as treasure without end
whatever, Lord, to thee we lend,
who givest all.

8 To thee, from whom we all derive
our life, our gifts, our power to give:
O may we ever with thee live,
who givest all.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #750

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >


O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea. Bishop C. Wordsworth of Lincoln. [Offertory.] First published in the 3rd edition of his Holy Year, 1863, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Charitable Collections." It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, sometimes in its original form, as in the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and again as altered in Hymns Ancient & Modern, or the S.P.C.K. Church Hymns, and others. The changes in the text of the Church Hymns were approved by the author. His authorised text is in the 6th edition of his Holy Year, 1872.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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