AGH 023

Verse 1

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


Gracious God, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

Verse 2

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:

Verse 3

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight:

Verse 4

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

Verse 5

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven.