We thank, Thee, Lord, for this fair earth. Bishop G. E. L. Cotton. [Flower Services.] Published in Hymns for use in the Chapel of Marlborough College, 1856, No. 94, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in the enlarged edition of 1869. It has passed into numerous collections, and usually with the change of two or three words in the whole hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)