To Bless the Earth

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1 To bless the earth, God sends us
From heaven's abundant store
The waters of the springtime,
Enriching it once more.

2 The seed by God provided
Is sown o’er hill and plain,
And then come gentle showers
To bless the springing grain.

3 God crowns the year with goodness,
The earth God's mercy fills,
The wilderness is fruitful,
And joyful are the hills.

4 With grain the fields are covered,
The flocks in pastures graze;
All nature joins in singing
A joyful song of praise.

Text Information

First Line: To bless the earth God sends us
Title: To Bless the Earth
Meter: 7.6.7.6
Source: The Psalter, 1912; alt.
Language: English

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CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN

Melchior Vulpius (PHH 397) composed this short chorale tune, published as a setting for the anonymous funeral hymn "Christus, der ist me in Leben" ("For Me to Live Is Jesus") in Vulpius's Ein Schön Geistlich Gesangbuch (1609). Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) based his Cantata 95 on this tune and provided tw…

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