Saturday, January 31, 2009

Marika Lee's Hymn & Scripture Study Sundays "For the Beauty of the Earth"

Feeling the need for greater thankfulness in my life, this week I chose For the Beauty of the Earth. Click here for music

Scriptures for this song:
Psalms 33:1-6 We can be thankful for songs and psalm and the word of the Lord.
Psalms 95:1-6 I love this scripture because it says “let us sing unto the Lord” and that we should “make a joyful noise”. To me this signifies that there are no excuses for not singing. Anyone can make a joyful noise. And why is that? Because God gives us so many things to be thankful for, including this wonderful earth.

Various facts:
Text by Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)
Music by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872)
Originally this hymn had eight verses, although in modern day the last three verses of the hymn are generally omitted. They were first omitted by Hymns Ancient and Modern as being too Catholic in their language for an Anglican Hymnal.

The story behind the song:
The author apparently wrote this in the spring in England when everything was in full bloom. He had climbed up a hill to meditate and from there could obviously see much of God’s wonderful creations. See how many things within the song that he names that we can be thankful for. (There are a lot!)

I am doing a little research online to find these things out. I also have a book entitled "Our Latter-day Hymns The Stories and the Messages" by Karen Lynn Davidson from which I am finding information on these songs. If you want more info, the aforementioned book and the internet search engines can get you much more than the little bit I shared.

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