The wildflowers in their beauty

Representative Text

Refrain:
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful -
the Lord God made them all.

1 The wildflowers in their beauty,
the mountain ranges tall,
the billabongs and rivers,
and friendly birds that call, [Refrain]

2 The cold wind in the winter,
the bright, life-giving sun,
the ripe fruits in the garden -
he made them every one. [Refrain]

3 The coloured walls of gorges,
the gum trees green and tall,
the rocks, and pools, and palm trees,
the sparkling waterfall, [Refrain]

4 The many-coloured corals,
the creatures of the sea,
of bushland, field or desert,
on farms, or roaming free, [Refrain]

5 He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty
who has made all things well. [Refrain]

Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #135

Author (vv. 1, 3): Brian Black, 1926-

(no biographical information available about Brian Black, 1926-.) Go to person page >

Author (vv. 2 alt., 5, and refrain): Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-95

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandment… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The wildflowers in their beauty
Author (vv. 1, 3): Brian Black, 1926-
Author (vv. 2 alt., 5, and refrain): Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-95
Meter: 7.6.7.6 with refrain
Source: V. 4: Compilsers
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All things bright and beautiful
Publication Date: 1999
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1999.

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