Today I’m posting a video and lyrics for a beautiful hymn that I love. I remember singing this in church as a child and most fondly I remember this from the movie Little Women. I always bring out that movie around the holidays. I think that we should bring back some of the great hymns because although they can feel antiquated, I think we shouldn’t forget our roots.
“For the Beauty of the Earth” is by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917). Pierpoint was 29 at the time he wrote this hymn; he was mesmerised by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him. It first appeared in 1864 in a book of poems entitled “The Sacrifice of Praise.” This is a hymn that is often sung during the Thanksgiving holiday period in many churches in America.
I hope you have an enjoyable holiday with your loved ones. For all that we may think we lack… we still have so much to be thankful for. I hope that you take some time out from the hustle and bustle to remember what is truly important, that we have family and friends that love us, and remember how many in this world are less fortunate. God bless!For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty 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, Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child, Friends on earth, and friends above, Pleasures pure and undefiled, Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise. For each perfect gift of thine, To our race so freely given, Graces human and divine, Flowers of earth and buds of heaven, Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise. For thy Church which evermore Lifteth holy hands above, Offering up on every shore Her pure sacrifice of love, Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.