1488. For the Beauty of the Earth

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.

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 Thy Church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love. [Refrain]

6. For the martyrs’ crown of light,
For Thy prophets’ eagle eye,
For Thy bold confessors’ might,
For the lips of infancy. [Refrain]

7. For Thy virgins’ robes of snow,
For Thy maiden mother mild,
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,
Jesu, Victim undefiled. [Refrain]

8. For each perfect gift of Thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: For the beauty of the earth
Title: For the Beauty of the Earth
Author: Folliot S. Pierpoint (1864)
Refrain First Line: Lord of all, to Thee we raise
Meter: 77.77.77
Language: English
Source: Lyra Eucharistica, by Orby Shipley, second edition, 1864
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: This hymn was sung in the 1994 version of the movie "Little Women," which was nominated for several Academy Awards. Alternate tunes: ENGLAND'S LANE, English melody, adapted by Geoffrey Shaw, 1919; JESU, MEINE ZUVERSICHT, Johann Crüger, 1598-1662, adapted by Johann S. Bach, 1685-1750; NORICUM, F. James, 1904; RATISBON, Johann G. Werner, 1815; WARDEN, Turle, in A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, by Turle and E. Taylor, 1844
Tune Information
Name: DIX
Composer: Conrad Kocher (1838)
Meter: 77.77.77
Incipit: 17121 44367 16555
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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