For the Beauty of the Earth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This neighborhood red-bellied woodpecker loves his daily orange juice, fresh pecked from the oranges Dave spikes to our tulip poplar.  Standing on the deck above, we watch in rapt attention to this tiny miracle, one of a myriad of birds created by the Master Creator. Working with more thoroughness than the man-made juicer, this woodpecker wastes nothing and sings while he works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over at the thistle feeder, a goldfinch stops for breakfast. As I observe, my mind repeats the words and I hum the melody of John Rutter’s arrangement of the hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skyes
For the love
which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Over and around us lies

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale
And tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn, our joyful hymn of praise
This our joyful hymn of praise

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