416. For the beauty of the earth

1 For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.

Christ our God, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2 For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light, (Refrain)

3 For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind's delight,
for the mystic harmony
linking sense to sound and sight, (Refrain)

4 For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, (Refrain)

5 For the Church which evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
thy pure sacrifice of love, (Refrain)

6 For each perfect gift of thine,
to the world so freely given,
faith and hope and love divine,
peace on earth and joy in heaven. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: For the beauty of the earth
Author: Folliot Sandford Pierpont, 1835-1917 ( alt.)
Refrain First Line: Christ our God to thee we raise
Meter: 77. 77 with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Composer: David Evans, 1874-1948
Meter: 77. 77 with Refrain
Key: G Major
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press.

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