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20. All Things Bright and Beautiful

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All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.

1 Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors;
God made their tiny wings. [Refrain]

2 The purple-headed mountain,
the river running by,
the sunset, and the morning
that brightens up the sky: [Refrain]

3 The cold wind in the winter,
the pleasant summer sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden,
God made them every one. [Refrain]

4 God gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Each little flower that opens
Title: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander (1848, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: with refrain
Scripture: Genesis 1:31; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 104:24; Psalm 116:7; Psalm 136:3-9; Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Matthew 6:24-34; John 1:1-14; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 4:11
Topic: Creation; Praise; Providence
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All things bright and beautiful
Tune Information
Adapter: Martin Shaw (1915)
Meter: with refrain
Key: G Major
Source: English melody, 17th cent.; harm. The Hymnbook, 1955
Copyright: Harm. © 1955, ren. 1983 John Ribble (admin. Westminster John Knox Press)

Text Information:

One of a series of hymns the author wrote for children on the Apostles’ Creed, this text (originally in seven stanzas) expands “Maker of heaven and earth.” The first stanza became the refrain when the text was later set to a popular tune from the age of King Charles II.

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