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For the Beauty of the Earth

Folliott Pierpoint
(1835-1917)

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
Christ, our God, to Thee 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:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above;
For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For each perfect gift of Thine
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For Thy Bride, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the martyrs’ crown of light,
For Thy prophets’ eagle eye,
For Thy bold confessors’ might,
For the lips of infancy:
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For Thy virgins’ robes of snow,
For Thy maiden mother mild,
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,
Jesu, Victim undefiled
Christ, our God, to Thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

 

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