For the beauty of the earth

A hymn to sing along to

The words to this hymn were written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint (1835-1917) when he was 29 years old. He spent most of his life in the area of Bath, Somerset and wrote a number of other hymns that are rarely heard today.

The hymn can be sung to the tune of “As with gladness, men of old…” or the folk-song adaptation by Geoffrey Shaw “England’s Lane”. The tune provided here is “Lucerna Laudoniae” by the Welsh composer David Evans (1874-1948). It was he who combined a versified English translation of an 8th-century Irish poem with an old Irish folk song to produce the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision”.

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