Seek Not Afar for Beauty

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1 Seek not afar for beauty: lo, it glows
In dew-wet grasses all bout thy feet;
In birds, in sunshine, childish faces sweet,
In stars and mountain summits topped with snows.

2 Go not abroad for happiness: for see,
It is a flower blooming at thy door.
Bring love and justice home, and then no more
Thou'lt wonder in what dwelling joy may be.

3 Dream not of noble service elsewhere wrought;
The simple duty that awaits thy hand
Is God's voice offering a divine command,
Life's common deeds build all that saints have thought.

4 In wonder-workings, or some bush aflame,
Men look for God and fancy him concealed;
But in earth's common things he stands revealed,
While grass and flowers and stars spell out his name.

Source: The Hymnal for Boys and Girls #167

Author: Minot Judson Savage

Savage, Minot Judson, D.D., was born at Norridgewock, Maine, June 10, 1841, and educated at Bangor Seminary, where he graduated in 1864. From 1867 to 1873 he was a Congregational Minister, and then he joined the Unitarians, and has now (1900) a charge in Boston. He has published several works, including Poems, Boston, 1882. He also edited, with H. M. Dow, Sacred Songs for Public Worship, Boston, 1883, to which he contributed 46 original hymns. In hymnals other than this, of his hymns the following are in common use:— 1. Dost thou hear the bugle sounding. Consecration to Duty. 2. Father, we would not dare to change Thy purpose, &C. Prayer. 3. 0 God Whose law is in the sky.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Seek not afar for beauty: lo, it glows
Title: Seek Not Afar for Beauty
Author: Minot Judson Savage



LANGRAN (also known as ST. AGNES) was composed by James Langran (b. London, England, 1835; d. London, 1909) and first published by Novello in a pamplet in 1861 as a setting for the hymn text "Abide with Me." Several other texts have also been set to the tune, which is one of Langran's…

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