1 Thanksgiving to the Lord belongs
For all His love and care;
With grateful hearts and thankful songs,
Thanksgiving all may share.
Our Father from His bounteous hand
Lets many blessings fall;
Our life, our friends and freedom’s land,
We owe to Him our all.
Sing praise, to the Lord,
For all His bounties shown;
Let every heart a tribute bring,
And make His goodness known.
2 He speaks, and waking nature smiles
In blooming verdure, gay,
And Spring in merry song reviles
Old Winter, cold and gray.
He robes the earth in ripeness o’er,
His goodness to proclaim;
He crowns the year with harvest store;
Thanksgiving to His name. [Refrain]
3 Oh! praise the Lord, whose works appear
In Heaven, earth and sea;
His mighty name let all revere,
And ever thankful be.
He is a refuge for the soul
Who trusts in Him alone,
And when our years shall cease to roll,
We’ll praise him round His throne. [Refrain]
Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evangelist Billy Sunday. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >
Display Title: ThanksgivingFirst Line: Thanksgiving to the Lord belongsTune Title: [Thanksgiving to the Lord belongs]Author: Franklin Edson BeldenSource: Pearly Portals for the Sunday School by David S. Hakes (Boston: G. D. Russell, 1882)