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For the Beauty of the Earth

About the Song

Music by Conrad Kocher, Lyrics by Folliott S. Pierpoint, Arranged by Sally DeFord

This arrangement is very simple. It’s designed to be learned quickly by the smaller choir. It uses the traditional melody, and there’s really nothing tricky about it. An optional flute obbligato is included for both versions.

The accompaniment is the same for both versions, and can also be used to accompany a soloist, though there is no solo score.


For the beauty of the earth;
For the beauty of the skies
For the love that from our birth
over and around us lies
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower;
Ssun and moon and stars of light
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

For the joy of human love;
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above;
Ffor all gentle thoughts and mild
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise

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  1. Janette Atkinson

    I love your arrangements.
    Thank you so much for your time and effort to create such beautiful music for us to play.

  2. Jan Stiles

    I’d like to buy some hymn preludes for piano. How can I do that?

  3. Quintus N. Sachs

    Dear Sally,

    I’ve been using this arrangement of yours for several years with a church choir of mine. Now the men have all left, the women are too weak for SSA, so it’s out of the repertoire. Next week I’ll have a test rehearsal with a new choir. My piece of choice to use in getting to know that choir is… “For the Beauty of the Earth”. Thank you for writing in such a wonderful idiom!

    God Bless,


  4. Josie Mescallado

    We have used your arrangement for “For the Beauty of the Earth” for years!
    I just recently found your website and have downloaded the mp3 accompaniment file.
    When this COVID madness is over and I can again sing for senior groups, nursing homes and the like, I will be adding it to my repertoire!
    Thank you and God Bless you!

  5. Jun

    Dear Sally,

    Thank you so much for the beautiful arrangement piece.
    I played this today during the offertory. It was absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you,

  6. Karl Vercouteren

    Did “For the Beauty of the Earth” as an instrumental for this morning’s offertory at Zion Lutheran Church– flute, melodica, and organ. Beautiful music that was well-received. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  7. Erin Trump

    Thanks so much Sally! You have an amazing gift. Thank you for freely sharing it with us!

  8. Becky

    Wow! Sally, you’re amazing. You are using the talent you have been blessed with to bless my family and ward so much. I really appreciate your work!

  9. Virginia Rosario Lubovich

    Could it be possible to get the music sheet of “For the Beauty of The Earth” by John Rutter?,piano accompaniment


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