"To everything there is a season, and a time
for every matter or purpose under heaven."
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 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.
Night Sky Over The Sonora Desert
Sonora Desert National Monument
Maricopa and Pinal County
For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For Thy Church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.
For the martyrs' crown of light,
For Thy prophets' eagle eye,
For Thy bold confessors' might,
For Thy virgins' robes of snow,
For Thy maidens mother mild
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,
Jesu, Victim undefiled.
For each perfect gift of Thine,
To race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
"For The Beauty Of The Earth"
Folliet S. Pierpont
English hymn writer