Seek Not Afar for Beauty

Seek not afar for beauty: lo, it glows

Author: Minot J. Savage (1881)
Published in 15 hymnals

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

2 Go not abroad for happiness; behold
it is a flower blooming at your door.
Bring love and justice home, and evermore
joy shall be yours as changing years unfold.

3 In wonder-workings or some bush aflame,
we look for Truth and fancy it concealed;
but in earth's common things it stands revealed,
while grass and flowers and stars spell out the name.

Source: Singing the Living Tradition #77

Author: Minot J. 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Seek not afar for beauty: lo, it glows
Title: Seek Not Afar for Beauty
Author: Minot J. Savage (1881)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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 best. Sing it…

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