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We Thank Thee, Lord, for This Fair Earth   1 comment

Rays of Light

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Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Words by George Edward Lynch Cotton (1813-1866), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta (1858-1866), who drowned in the Ganges River after consecrating a cemetery

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1.  We thank thee, Lord, for this fair earth,

The glitt’ring sky, the silver sea;

For all their beauty, all their worth,

Their light and glory, come from Thee.

2.  Thine are the flow’rs that clothe the ground,

The trees that wave their arms above,

The hills that gird our dwellings ’round,

As Thou dost gird Thine own with love.

3.  Yet teach us still how far more fair,

More glorious, Father, in Thy sight,

In one pure deed, one holy prayer,

One heart that owns Thy Spirit’s might.

4.  So while we gaze with thoughtful eye

On all the gifts Thy love has given,

Help us in Thee to live and die,

By Thee to rise from earth to heaven.