Monday, September 26, 2016

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH (New Words!)

      Walking the beach last week in absolutely beautiful weather conditions brought songs to my lips constantly.  After writing three new verses to This Is My Father's World (there were no stanzas for the ocean!), I found another hymn of creation come to mind: For the Beauty of the Earth.  The following is my new interpretation of this well-known song.  

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
 
For the beauty of the sea
Waves that roll eternally.
Sand and seaweed, foam of white
Seagulls soaring into flight.
Lord of all to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of ocean praise.




For chiseled peaks cloaked deep with snow
And shrouded valleys far below
Tamaracks and stately pine
Lupine, phlox and columbine.
Lord of all to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of mountain praise.




For flaming bands of crimson light
Sunsets draw us into night.
Bolts of lightning,  clouds of white
Stars and planets shining bright.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of celestial praise.




Eagles and hawks that soar on high
Ravens and lowly dragonfly
For deer and bear and mighty moose
Chickens, pigs, and barnyard goose.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of creature praise.





For the beauty of the sand
Cacti creations dot the land.
Coyote, fox, and tiny shrew,
Armadillo, lizards too.
Lord of all to Thee we raise

This our hymn of desert praise. 

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