For the Beauty of the Earth

This hymn was written by Folliot Sandford Pierpont (1835-1917), and first published in 1864 in the poetry book "The Sacrifice of Praise".

It is most commonly sung to the tune DIX by Conrad Kocher (1838).  However many of the version currently on YouTube are of choral arrangement on a different tune, by John Rutter.   It has also been set to ENGLAND'S LANE adapt­ed by Geoff­rey Shaw (1919)

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Tune: DIX


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 you we raise,
This our sacrifice of 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 human love,
Brother, sister, parent child.
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.

For your Church that evermore
Lift its holy hands above,
Off'ring up on ev'ry shore
A pure sacrifice of love.

For yourself, O Gift Divine!
To our world so freely giv'n;
For that love, from which will shine,
Peace on earth and joy in heav'n.

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