22 April 2013

All Things Bright and Beautiful

"And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." 

"How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures."




Have a wonderful "Earth Day", Everyone. Please enjoy this "newfangled" version of a classic song of praise for the wonders of creation.

All Things Bright and Beautiful
by Cecil Francis Alexander (Early April 1818, Ireland – 12 October 1895).


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
(Amen)

According to Wikipedia: "The United Church of Canada includes a fourth verse, which seems particularly appropriate to Canadian geography:

"The rocky mountain splendour, / the lone wolf's haunting call, / the great lakes and the prairies, / the forest in the fall."




Also please enjoy "Look at the World", also arranged here by John Rutter.


Look at the World 

Look at the world, everything all around us 
Look at the world and marvel every day. 
Look at the world: so many joys and wonders, 
So many miracles along our way 

Praise to thee, O lord for all creation. 
Give us thankful hearts that we may see 
All the gifts we share, and every blessing, 
All things come of thee. 

Look at the earth bringing forth fruit and flower, 
Look at the sky the sunshine and the rain. 
Look at the hills, look at the trees and mountains, 
Valley and flowing river, field and plain. 

Think of the spring, think of the warmth of summer 
Bringing the harvest before winter's cold. 
Everything grows, everything has a season, 
till it is gathered to the Father's fold: 

 Every good gift, all that we need and cherish. 
Comes from the Lord in token of his love 
We are his hands, stewards of all his bounty 
His is the earth and his the heavens above 

 Praise to thee, O lord for all creation. 
Give us thankful hearts that we may see 
All the gifts we share, and every blessing, 
All things come of thee.
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