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Sunday Hymns: For the Beauty of the Earth

Two variations on a theme by John Ritter.

Call for votes: Youth Choir or Mormon Tabernacle Choir?

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the skies
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
Over and around us lies

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise
For the beauty of the hour
Of the day and of the night
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of light
Sun and moon and stars of light

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild
For all gentle thoughts and mild

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise

For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
Graces human and divine
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n
Flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn, our joyful hymn of praise
This our joyful hymn of praise

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  • Missy August 5, 2018, 12:12 PM

    Youth choir.

  • fodderwing August 5, 2018, 3:02 PM

    Please don’t make me choose. Both took me away.

  • Jewel August 5, 2018, 3:27 PM

    Choices, choices, Gerard!
    https://youtu.be/XbXvCZfiOVM

  • Mikey NTH August 5, 2018, 7:35 PM

    John Ruutter’s music – I recall that from my devout Episcopalian days.

  • pbird August 5, 2018, 9:12 PM

    Never the MTC, for any reason. They are scary.

  • Nobody Atall August 6, 2018, 5:52 AM

    No youth choir can match the MTC for production values, but I vote youth choir. They need more boys, but who doesn’t these days …

  • HH August 6, 2018, 7:10 AM

    Ah. Two different weight classes.
    But the fact that two dozen or so teenagers showed up at church to practice over and over again tilts heavily in their favor. Also noted: the tall girl in the center back has a braid hanging over her shoulder that is thicker than a big man’s wrist, which should prompt a certain amount of admiration from all of us.

  • John Venlet August 6, 2018, 8:14 AM

    While the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is rather more polished than the youth choir, I’d choose the youth choir’s rendition simply for the fact that it is youths singing that song of praise.