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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:

Christ our God, to you we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

2. 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:

3. For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the secret harmony
linking sense to sound and sight:

4. For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
pleasures pure and undefiled:

5. For each perfect gift divine
to our race so freely given,
joys bestowed by love’s design,
flowers of earth and fruits of heaven:

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