For the beauty of the earth

For the beauty of the earth …
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise …

I’ve been remembering that a year ago I was part of a chorus that sang “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “The Blue Green Hills of Earth” for Earth Day. That night I wished we could stay and sing them over and over again, and I wish we could come back together and sing them again now, but YouTube will have to do.

For the Beauty of the Earth, https://youtu.be/-0qQyW0W0Rw
John Rutter

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Over and around us lies

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light
Sun and moon and stars of light

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild
For all gentle thoughts and mild

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

The Blue Green Hills of Earth, https://youtu.be/fN7iPUVJfqI
Kim Oler, from Missa Gaia by Paul Winter

For the earth forever turning,
For the land, for skies and sea,
To our Source we sing returning
Home to our blue green hills of earth.

For the mountains, hills and pastures
In their silent majesty
For the stars, for all the heavens
Sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the sun, for rain and thunder,
For the seasons’ harmony,
For our lives, for all creation
Sing we our joyful praise to Thee.

For the earth forever turning,
For the lnd which gave us birth,
To our Source we sing returning
Home to the blue green hills of earth.