We don’t chat much about ceremony details on blogs, but I wanted to post the lyrics to what is my favorite ceremony hymn for a wedding.
Especially since our wedding is going to be in a church, but sort of multi-religious, I really like the message of this hymn. I suggested it for a friend’s wedding several years ago, with the stipulation that I might use it in my own whenever that was to happen… Now that it’s happening, I still think we might use it!
I find this hymn to be universal and not at all preachy. It’s just a big celebration list of everything that people appreciate about life! And the tune is very simple and lovely.
For The Beauty of the Earth
Lyrics by Folliot S. Pierpoint (1864), Music by Conrad Kocher (1838)
For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies; For the love which from our birth, Over and around us lies; Lord of all, to Thee we raise This, our hymn of grateful praise. For the wonder of each hour, Of the day and of the night; Hill and vale and tree and flow'r, Sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to Thee we raise This, our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of ear and eye, For the heart and mind's delight; For the mystic harmony, Linking sense to sound and sight; Lord of all, to Thee we raise This, our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child; Friends on Earth and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord of all, to Thee we raise This, our hymn of grateful praise.