O Lord of Heaven and Earth and Sea

Representative Text

1 O Lord of heav'n and earth and sea,
to Thee all praise and glory be;
how shall we show our love to Thee,
who givest all?

2 The golden sunshine, vernal air,
sweet flow'rs and fruits Thy love declare,
when harvests ripen, Thou art there,
who givest all.

3 For peaceful homes and healthful days,
for all the blessings earth displays,
we owe Thee thankfulness and praise,
who givest all.

4 Thou didst not spare Thine only Son,
but gav'st Him for a world undone,
and freely with that blessed One,
Thou givest all.

5 Thou giv'st the Holy Spirit's dow'r,
Spirit of life and love and pow'r,
and dost His sev'nfold graces show'r
upon us all.

6 For souls redeemed, for sins forgiv'n,
for means of grace and hopes of heav'n,
Father, what can to Thee be giv'n,
who givest all?

Source: Hymns to the Living God #33

Author: Christopher Wordsworth

Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >


O Lord of heaven, and earth, and sea. Bishop C. Wordsworth of Lincoln. [Offertory.] First published in the 3rd edition of his Holy Year, 1863, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Charitable Collections." It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, sometimes in its original form, as in the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, and again as altered in Hymns Ancient & Modern, or the S.P.C.K. Church Hymns, and others. The changes in the text of the Church Hymns were approved by the author. His authorised text is in the 6th edition of his Holy Year, 1872.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 26 of 26)

Ancient and Modern #750

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #566

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Christian Worship #487

Church Family Worship #498

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #363

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #581

Common Praise #540a

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Common Praise #540b

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #149

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #287

Hymns and Psalms #337a

Hymns and Psalms #337b

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #287

Hymns of the Saints #77

Hymns of the Saints #396

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Hymns to the Living God #33

Sing Glory #306


Small Church Music #274


Small Church Music #6984

The Baptist Hymnal #456

The Book of Praise #432


The Cyber Hymnal #5132

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #32


The New English Hymnal #422


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #15


Worship and Service Hymnal #447

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