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For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth



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In 2001, I wrote new music for a hymn version of the well-known text by Folliott S. Pierpoint.  My main motivation was to write a melody that could better fit and emphasize the significant words in the text.  For the 2013 Thanksgiving season, I created a new version for SATB choir plus piano or harp accompaniment.  It is not nearly as ambitious as some of my songs like “For Unto Us a Child is Born” or “Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs” and it is not intended to “compete” with John Rutter’s lovely version.  The intention was to have an arrangement that an average amateur choir could learn in a few rehearsals.

A sheet-music video is playable above, with vocals by Matthew Curtis and piano by Fen Frehner.

The SATB choir sheet music booklet can be purchased through the "Add to Cart" button above to the right.  If more than one copy is desired, change the quantity and click "Update" after clicking on the "Add to Cart' button.  Shipping & handling is calculated at the cart page based on location.  USPS Priority Mail may be specified at checkout.  A low-resolution 8.5"x11" version of the sheet music is available for free download, below.

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Lyrics:
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, for all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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