Beneath our feet and o'er our head

Beneath our feet and o'er our head

Author: Reginald Heber
Tune: MEAR
Published in 185 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Beneath our feet and o'er our head
Is equal warning given;
Beneath us lie the countless dead,
Above us is the heaven.

2 Death rides on every passing breeze,
And lurks in every flower;
Each season has its own disease,
Its peril every hour.

3 Turn, mortal, turn! thy danger know;
Where'er thy food can tread,
The earth rings hollow from below,
And warns thee of her dead.

4 Turn, Christian, turn! thy soul apply
To truths divinely given;
The forms which underneath thee lie
Shall live, for hell or heaven.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #871

Author: Reginald Heber

Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today. -- Greg Scheer, 1995… Go to person page >



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