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Hymn of Grateful Praise

About the Song
Words by Folliott S. Pierpoint Traditional melody (Scarborough Fair) and melody by Conrad Kocher Arranged by Sally DeFord “Why this melody?” That was a friend’s first reaction to this arrangement, and honestly, it’s a good question. As I played around with this hymn, wanting something fresh, “Scarborough Fair” just kept intruding. I shoved it aside, pushed it out the door, and it just kept sneaking back in. It was so insistent on coming along that I let it. As Winnie the Pooh said, “It’s the best way to write… letting things come.” As you can see, there is an SSAATBB choral version. It will be a bit challenging to learn, and no, I won’t apologize. I was having a good time. ? It’s suitable for many worship services and auxiliary meetings, but it’s not one I’d include in an LDS Sacrament meeting.
Lyrics

(For the Beauty of the Earth)

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which 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 flow’r,
Sun 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,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

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