TERRA BEATA

Arranger: Franklin L. Sheppard

Franklin L. Sheppard (1852-1930) was a well-known Christian hymn composer who set the poem, "This is My Father's World," to music. Sheppard was born on Au­gust 7, 1852 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sheppard at­tend­ed Will­iam Few­smith’s Clas­sic­al School and the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated as val­e­dic­tor­i­an in 1872. In 1875, Sheppard moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to run the found­ry for his fa­ther’s stove and heat­er man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­ny. Shepard at­tend­ed the Zi­on Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Church in Bos­ton, but lat­er switched to Presbyterianism. He event­u­al­ly joined the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and be­came pres­i­dent of the Pres… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: Franklin L. Sheppard
Meter: 6.6.8.6 D
Incipit: 12353 21234 65326
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

This Is My Father's World

This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--
His hand the wonders wrought.

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Notes

TERRA BEATA was originally a traditional English folk tune, a variant of which, entitled RUSPER, appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. Franklin L. Sheppard (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1852; d. Germantown, PA, 1930) arranged the tune for Babcock's text and published it in the Presbyterian church school hymnal Alleluia (1915), edited by Sheppard (Babcock and Sheppard were friends).
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Sheppard entered the family foundry business in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1875. He was organist at Zion Episcopal Church and later was an elder and music director of the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. President of the Presbyterian Board of Publications, Sheppard also served on the committee that prepared the Presbyterian Hymnal of 1911. In the history of hymnody he is remembered primarily for arranging the tune TERRA BEATA for “This Is My Father's World.”

TERRA BEATA (also called TERRA PATRIS) is Latin for "beautiful world." A lively melody with an extended range, the tune requires a light manner of performance as well as light accompaniment. Try using guitars and recorders. Harmony singing is fine as long as voices stay light and energetic. Organists, choose light and bright foundation stops, not heavy diapasons. Easily learned by children, this is a vivacious hymn that would be hampered by plodding or weightiness. Observe a ritard only on the last line of stanza 3.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #43
Text: This Is My Father's World
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #529
Text: Forever With the Lord
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #155
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The Cyber Hymnal #1502
Text: "Fear Not!" the Angel Said
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The Cyber Hymnal #1667
Text: Forever with the Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #2144
Text: Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!
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The Cyber Hymnal #2802
Text: I Had a Dream of Heaven
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The Cyber Hymnal #4340
Text: Messiah, Prince of Peace
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The Cyber Hymnal #6766
Text: This Is My Father's World
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Sing Joyfully #40
Text: This Is My Father's World
The United Methodist Hymnal #144
Text: This Is My Father's World
Worship and Rejoice #21
Text: This Is My Father's World

Instances

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African American Heritage Hymnal #149Text
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #191
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #43TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #529TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #46TextFlexScorePage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #677
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #17TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #59TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #155Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: supplement #770
Discipleship Ministries Collection #101
Discipleship Ministries Collection #156
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #433TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #824TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #370Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #45
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #263
Hymns of Faith #16TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #27Page Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #52
Hymns of Truth & Light #60Text
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #406
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #21TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #856Page Scan
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista #47
Moravian Book of Worship #456TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #56
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #293Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #436Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice Hymns #147
Rejoice in the Lord #14Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #92
Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in an Inclusive Church #270b
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #12Text
Sing Joyfully #40TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Sing With Me #62TextPage Scan
Singing the New Testament #205
Small Church Music #128Audio
Songs for Life #95TextPage Scan
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #11Text
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #472
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #14
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #143TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #237
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #57
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #631
The Cyber Hymnal #1502ScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1667TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2144TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2802TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4340TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6766TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #58TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #21
The New National Baptist Hymnal #34
The United Methodist Hymnal #111TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #144TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #326
The Worshiping Church #335
The Worshiping Church #384TextFlexScorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #111TextFlexScorePage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #135cTextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #296TextPage Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #768
Worship (4th ed.) #778
Worship (4th ed.) #877
Worship and Rejoice #21TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #29TextAudio
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #512
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #62
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