|First Line:||For the fruits of His creation|
|Title:||For the Fruits of His Creation|
|Author:||Fred Pratt Green (1970)|
|Copyright:||© 1970 Hope Publishing Company|
Until the middle of the twentieth century, English churchgoers associated Reginald Heber's “God, who made heaven and earth” with the popular Welsh folk tune AR HYD Y NOS. In 1957, Francis Jackson wrote a new tune, EAST ACKLAM, for that hymn, seeking to supplant the Welsh one. However, the new tune never became popular. John Wilson, a British hymnologist, saw what he considered to be a fine hymn tune in EAST ACKLAM, and asked hymn writer Fred Pratt Green to write a new text to fit the tune. Green agreed, and “For the Fruit of All Creation” is the result.
The first and third stanzas are about thanksgiving for physical and spiritual harvests, respectively. Sandwiched in between is an exhortation to follow God's will in generously giving to those in need out of the abundant harvest for which we have just given thanks.
Though this hymn text was originally written specifically for EAST ACKLAM, and is still published with it in some hymnals, AR HYD Y NOS won the popularity contest again, and is the principal tune associated with “For the Fruit of All Creation.” Interestingly, both tunes share a similar structure in that each tune has a four note motif that occurs three times in the song – at the end of the first, second, and final phrases – and is matched with a repeated line in the text.
AR HYD Y NOS is a traditional Welsh tune that first appeared in print in Edward Jones's Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards in 1784 for solo voice and harp. It is a simple, meditative melody and easy to sing.
This hymn is popular for Thanksgiving and harvest celebrations, and it is also suitable for Labor Day or other occasions where the focus is on social justice.
A Thanksgiving choral arrangement of “For the Fruit of all Creation” set to the tune AR HYD Y NOS includes references to the hymn “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.” “All Through the Night” is a handbell arrangement of the same tune, titled after the English translation of the Welsh folk song. A piano setting of AR HYD Y NOS suitable for a prelude or offertory is found in the collection “Morning Has Broken”.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org