Think of a World Without any Flowers

Think of a world without any flowers, think of a world without any trees, think of a sky without any sunshine,  think of the air without any breeze. We thank you, Lord, for flowers and trees and sunshine, we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name. 2  Think of the world without any animals, think of a field without any herd, think of a stream without any fishes, think of a dawn without any bird. We thank you, Lord, for all your living creatures,  we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name.  3  Think of a world without any people, think of a street with no-one living there, think of a town without any houses, no-one to love and nobody to care. We thank you, Lord, for families and friendships, we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name.
This song about thankfulness was written by English music-teacher, hymn-writer and accompanist Doreen E Newport (1927-2004).  

It was originally published in 1967 in Dunblane Praises No 2 set to a tune by Newport and called WE THANK YOU LORD.  Then in 1969 it was published in 1969 by Stainer & Bell Ltd, and today copyright is administered by Hope Publishing Co.

With meter 10.9.10.9, it is now almost always set to the tune GENESIS by Graham Clifford Westcott (b 1947). This tune has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of G the first few notes are E EE B B B AG F A

It is included in the BBC-produced children's hymn book Come and Praise, and this is the best source of sheet music for it.



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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.  A rough outline is:
1   Think of a world without any flowers
... We thank you, Lord, for flowers and trees and sunshine,
we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name.

2  Think of the world without any animals ...

3   Think of a world without any people,

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