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38. To Bless the Earth (Psalm 65)

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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 (Psalm 65)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6
Scripture: Psalm 65; Isaiah 55:12
Topic: Care of Creation; Creation; Providence
Source: The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909, alt.
Language: English
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Name: CHRISTUS, DER IST MEIN LEBEN
Composer: Melchior Vulpius (1609)
Meter: 7.6.7.6
Key: D Major


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These four stanzas present a paraphrase of Psalm 65:9–13, a celebration of God’s providential care, which in turn draws forth a song of praise from all creation. This text is set to an early 17th-century tune composed for an affirmative chorale text often used at funerals.


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