Hymns In Our Hearts: For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth is a popular Thanksgiving hymn written by Folliot Sanford Pierpoint.  Mr. Pierpoint was a schoolteacher, first teaching at a college in England and then later teaching occasionally on his own. He died in England at the age of 82.

This beautiful and much beloved Thanksgiving hymn is quite long! The tune is joyful though and the words have a beautiful meaning. This might be a good one to learn with your siblings and then each take a different verse to sing. I am sure that after you learn this one, you will not want to stop singing! (Remember the refrain between each verse!)

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.

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.


For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.


For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.


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


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


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


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


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