All Things Bright and Beautiful

This hymn was written by Mrs CF Alexander (1818-1895).  It is generally regarded as an "Anglican hymn", but can be used in many contexts. 

Today, verse three ("the rich man in his castle" etc) is generally left out. It has been set to a number of tunes, and many different choral arrangements are also available.


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All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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