August 25, 2020

Published August 26, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Sermons

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:

Refrain

      Christ, our God, to thee we raise

      this our sacrifice of praise.

2    For the wonder of each hour

      of the day and of the night,

      hill and vale and tree and flow’r,

      sun and moon and stars of light:  Refrain

3    For the joy of ear and eye,

      for the heart and mind’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,

      peace on earth and joy in heav’n;

      for thyself, best gift divine,

      to our world so freely giv’n:  Refrain

Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917, alt.