For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth Lyrics

Author: Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1864)

1 For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.

Refrain:
Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise.

2 For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light, [Refrain ]

3 For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, [Refrain]

4 For yourself, best gift divine,
to the world so freely given,
agent of God’s grand design:
peace on earth and joy in heaven. [Refrain]

For the Beauty of the Earth Hymn Story

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint is the author of this hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth”. It is a hymn meant to be sung during Holy Communion.

This hymn was inspired by the beauty of the natural environment of Bath countryside in the United Kingdom.

It came about when Pierpoint sat on a hilltop outside of his native Bath and looked over the countryside and the winding Avon River.

This led Pierpoint to ponder about God’s creation and it is from this event that Pierpoint wrote the words of this hymn.

While he composed many hymns and poems, “For the Beauty of the Earth” is the only one still in use today.

Folliot Sandford Pierpoint was born in 1835 in Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom. He was a graduate of Queens College, Cambridge. He passed away in 1917.

Folliott Sandford Pierpoint - for the beauty of the earth hymn writer
Folliott Sandford Pierpoint

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For the Beauty of the Earth Hymn Video

St Paul’s Cathedral Choir singing, “For the Beauty of the Earth”.

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