Saturday, August 24, 2013

A new song

"Those who sing pray twice."  -St. Augustine
Last week during our school's family chapel, we sang one of my old favorites, "For the Beauty of the Earth."
The grateful praise lifted fits well with this batch of photos that came not from a photo shoot, but just a regular weekend's evening.
Folliot S. Pierpoint's original lyrics in 1864:  
"For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies,


Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.


For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light, 




Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and brain's delight,
for the mystic harmony
sinking sense to sound and sight, 

Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild, 

Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.


For each perfect gift of thine
to our race so freely given,
graces human and divine,
flowers of earth and buds of heaven, 

Christ our Lord, to Thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise."

There's even more to this Eucharistic hymn, but as Psalm 33, 40, and 96 (among others) encourage us to sing a new song to the Lord, I thought I would write a new verse.  


For the light of evening's start
For the sparkle in small eyes
Loyalty of canine hearts 
Kids at play, their joyful cries
Christ our Lord to thee we raise






This our sacrifice of praise!

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