416. For the beauty of the earth

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

[Refrain:]
Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2 For the beauty 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 the Church which evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
thy pure sacrifice of love, (Refrain)

6 For each perfect gift of thine,
to the world so freely given,
faith and hope and love divine,
peace on earth and joy in heaven. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: For the beauty of the earth
Author: Folliot Sandford Pierpont, 1835-1917
Refrain First Line: Christ our God to thee we raise
Meter: 77. 77 with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Name: LUCERNA LAUDONIAE
Composer: David Evans, 1874-1948
Meter: 77. 77 with Refrain
Key: G Major
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press.



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