All things which live below the sky

Representative Text

1 All things which live below the sky,
Or move within the sea,
Are creatures of the Lord most High,
And brothers unto me.

2 I love to hear the robin sing,
Perched on the highest bough;
To see the rook with purple wing,
Follow the shining plough.

3 I love to watch the swallow skim
The river in his flight;
To mark, when day is growing dim,
The glowworm's sil'v'ry light.

4 The seagull whiter than the foam,
The fish that dart beneath;
The lowing cattle coming home;
The goats upon the heath.

5 God taught the wren to build her nest,
The lark to soar above,
The hen to gather to her breast
The offspring of her love.

6 Beneath his heaven there's room for all;
He gives to all their meat;
He sees the meanest sparrow fall
Unnoticed in the street.

7 All-loving Father, King of kings,
The helper of the weak,
Make me a friend of helpless things,
Defender of the weak.

Source: The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #102

Author: Edward J. Brailsford

Brailsford, Edward John, son of C. J. Brailsford, was born in Birmingham in 1841, and educated for the Wesleyan Ministry at Didsbury College. He entered upon his ministerial work at Bangor and Carnarvon in 1863, and has since held important appointments at Liverpool, London, Bolton, Ilkley, Edinburgh, &c. His hymn, Behold, behold the Bridegroom nigh (Advent), was written at Ilkley, Yorkshire, and first published in Gatecliff’s Chant Book, 1877, and included in the Methodist Hymn Book, 1904. In the 3rd edition of Gatecliff’s Chant Book, 1877, there are also "O God of truth! speak now Thy holy word," and "Lord, I will follow on"; and in the 4th edition, 1883, "As sinks the sun while clouds grow bright." These are worthy of notice. --… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All things which live below the sky
Author: Edward J. Brailsford
Language: English



EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Songs of praise #445


The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #102

The Methodist Hymn-Book with Tunes #852

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The New Canadian Hymnal #250

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The New Canadian Hymnal #250

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