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 And to my listening ears

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
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #155
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The Cyber Hymnal #1502
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The Cyber Hymnal #1667
Text: Forever with the Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #2144
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The Cyber Hymnal #4340
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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

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Chalice Hymnal #59Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #155AudioScore
Christian Worship: supplement #770Text
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #433Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #824Image
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #370TextImageAudioFlexscore
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #45
Hymns of Faith #16TextImage
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 #21ImageAudio
Lutheran Service Book #856Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #293TextImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #436TextImageAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #14Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #92
Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in an Inclusive Church #270b
Sing Joyfully #40TextImageAudioScore
Sing With Me #62Text
Singing the New Testament #205
Songs for Life #95Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #11Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #237
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #57
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #631
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #58
The New Century Hymnal #21Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #111TextImageAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal #144TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #335TextImage
The Worshiping Church #384TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #111TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #296Text
Worship and Rejoice #21TextImageAudioScore
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #29