285b. 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:

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of 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 brain'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 each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven: [Refrain]

6 *For thy Church that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
This pure sacrifice of love: [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: For the beauty of the earth
Author: F. S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917
Refrain First Line: Lord of all, to thee we raise
Meter: 77 77 and refrain
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Sacraments and Other Rites: Holy Communion; Mothering Sunday; Harvest (1 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: David Evans, 1874-1948
Meter: 77 77 and refrain
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press (from "Revised Church Harmony," 1927)

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