#638

“Declare His glory among the nations.” – Psalm 96:3

For the Beauty of the Earth

Verse 1:
For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Verse 2:
For the wonder of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon and stars of light:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Verse 3:
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above;
For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Verse 4:
For the church that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Off’ring up on ev’ry shore
Her pure sacrifice of love:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Verse 5:
For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Verse 6:
For Thyself, best Gift Divine!
To our race so freely giv’n;
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in heav’n:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

 

Words:  Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)
Music: Conrad Kocher (1786-1872); Edward Kremser (1823-1889)
Words and Music public domain.
pianist: E. Zacek