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This Is My Father's World

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1 This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--
His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father's world:
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!

Sing Joyfully, 1989

Author: Maltbie D. Babcock

Babcock, Maltbie Davenport, D.D., was born at Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 3, 1858. Graduating from Syracuse University, he was ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry and was pastor of churches in Lockport, N.Y., Baltimore, and N.Y. City. He died at Naples, Italy, May 18th, 1901. He was richly gifted, and his short career was memorable for the extraordinary influence of his personality and his preaching. Extracts from his sermons and poems were published in 1901 as Thoughts for Every Day Living; and his Biography by Dr. C. E. Robinson in 1904. He contributed to the Presbyterian School Hymnal, 1899, the following hymns:— 1. Gaily the bells are ringing. Faster. 2. O blessed Saviour, Lord of love. Unto Me. 3. Shining Sun, shining sun.… Go to person page >



TERRA BEATA was originally a traditional English folk tune, a variant of which, entitled RUSPER, appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. Franklin L. Sheppard (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1852; d. Germantown, PA, 1930) arranged the tune for Babcock's text and published it in the Presbyterian church school h…

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #191
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #43TextAudioPage Scan
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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #17TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #59TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #824TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #370Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #651Text
Hymnal: A Worship Book #154
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #263Text
Hymns of Faith #16TextPage Scan
Hymns of Grace #31
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #27TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #52
Hymns of Truth & Light #60Text
Hymns to the Living God #41TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #406Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #21TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #456TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #56
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #293Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #436Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice Hymns #147
Rejoice in the Lord #14Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #92
Sing Joyfully #40TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Sing With Me #62TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #128Audio
Songs for Life #95TextPage Scan
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #472
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #14
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #143TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #237
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #57
The Cyber Hymnal #6766TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #58TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #34
The United Methodist Hymnal #144TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #384TextFlexscorePage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #149Text
Total Praise: Songs and other worship resources for every generation #140
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #111TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #296TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #21TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #29TextAudio
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