Although this hymn is now considered to be a hymn of Thanksgiving, it was originally written to be a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, so is perhaps just as appropriate at Easter. It was even written in the springtime as the author of the text, Folliot S. Pierpoint (1835-1917), wandered the beautiful English countryside near his home town of Bath. He observed the beautiful hills, vales and flowers and considered all the gifts of love, family and church that God has given.
“For the Beauty of the Earth” was written for use during communion in the High Anglican Church. The original chorus was “Christ, our God, to Thee we raise, this our sacrifice of praise,” indicating that our offering to Christ in return for the sacrifice He made for us can be our hymn of praise. We can never fully repay him, but we can offer our gratitude in song.
The lyrics of this hymn are so simple and pure that it has become a favorite of all ages. Before it appeared in our 1985 LDS hymnal, it was included in Primary songbooks. The melody is also simple, and when paired with the clear and uncomplicated lyrics, makes an entirely appealing little hymn.
Some believe that the scriptural inspiration for this hymn came from James 1:17: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…”
Listen to our Congregation Choir arrangement with vocal countermelody:
Listen to our Congregation Choir arrangement with flute/violin countermelody: