For the Beauty of the Earth (Huan guan da-di hao feng-guang)

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Huan guan da-di hao feng-guang (For the beauty of the earth)

Author: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint; Translator: Timothy T'ingfang Lew (alt.)
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Author: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint

In the spring of 1863, Folliott S. Pierpoint (b. Bath, Somerset, England, 1835; d. Newport, Monmouthshire, England, 1917) sat on a hilltop outside his native city of Bath, England, admiring the country view and the winding Avon River. Inspired by the view to think about God's gifts in creation and in the church, Pierpont wrote this text. Pierpont was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, England, and periodically taught classics at Somersetshire College. But because he had received an inheritance, he did not need a regular teaching position and could afford the leisure of personal study and writing. His three volumes of poetry were collected in 1878; he contributed hymns to The Hymnal Noted (1852) and Lyra Eucharistica (1864). "For the Be… Go to person page >

Translator: Timothy T'ingfang Lew

T'ingfang Lew was a leading Chinese educator, author, and editor. He was educated in China and at Columbia University in New York City (M.A.; Ph.D.). His Bachelor of Divinity degree was from Yale and he studied at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where he also taught Christian education. Lew lectured throughout America at schools and colleges from 1926 to 1938 and received an S.T.D. degree from Oberlin College. In 1932, Lew began to chair the commission to prepare a Chinese Union hymnal. The resulting Hymns of Universal Praise was published in 1936. Its music editor was Bliss Wiant, a colleague of Lews's at Yenching University in Peking. Lew also edited the Union Book of Common Prayer which was used by four Protestant Ch… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Huan guan da-di hao feng-guang (For the beauty of the earth)
Title: For the Beauty of the Earth (Huan guan da-di hao feng-guang)
English Title: For the beauty of the earth
Author: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
Translator: Timothy T'ingfang Lew (alt.)
Language: English; Mandarin
Refrain First Line: Jing xizng quanneng wanyou Shen (Lord of all, to you we raise)
Copyright: Tr. © 1990, Chinese Christian Literature Council, HK


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