Christ My Song - 1172
I praised the earth, in beauty seen - Forth Sunday after Trinity
(Reginald Heber/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Forth Sunday after Trinity.
1. I praised the earth, in beauty seen
with garlands gay of various green;
I praised the sea, whose ample field
shone glorious as a silver shield;
and earth and ocean seemed to say,
"Our beauties are but for a day!"
2. I praised the sun, whose chariot rolled
on wheels of amber and of gold;
I praised the moon, whose softer eye
gleamed sweetly through the summer sky!
And moon and sun in answer said,
"Our days of light are numbered!"
3. O God! O Good beyond compare!
if thus thy meaner works are fair!
if thus thy bounties gild the span
of ruined earth and sinful man,
how glorious must the mansion be
where thy redeemed shall dwell with thee!
Reginald Heber, Heber's Hymns, 1870, 57-58.