peacewithgod.com 2000-07-04 - The Spirit of the Seasons

U.S. Independence Day - 2000

by Rev. W. M. Hetherington

OH! Beautiful is God’s green earth!
When in the gentle Spring
Its flowery beauties leap to birth
And wild-wood echoes ring.
Instructive with melodious joy.
Glad Nature’s anthem pure and high,
To Him whose goodness gave them birth:
Oh! Beautiful is God’s green earth!

Oh! Beautiful is God’s bright earth!
In Summer’s golden prime,
When tides of light and life roll forth
Round every kindling clime;
Till the full bloom of gracious love
O’er earth below and heaven above,
Beams in majestic splendor forth:
Oh! Beautiful is God’s bright earth!

Oh! Beautiful is God’s rich earth!
‘Neath Autumn’s gorgeous skies,
When the deep robe of ripened worth
O’er Nature’s bosom lies;
Benignest dignity and grace
Adorning her maternal face
With heavenly smiles of conscious worth:
Oh! Beautiful is God’s rich earth!

Oh! Beautiful is God’s grand earth!
When Winder’s mighty spell
Bids tempests in their savage mirth
O’er land and ocean yell
Locks up pool, lake and stream, or throws
O’er hill and dale soft veiling snows;
Pours through each vein health’s glowing mirth:
Oh! Beautiful is God’s grand earth!

Oh! Beautiful is God’s green earth!
The changing Seasons all
But give its varied glories birth
And on man’s spirit call
For grateful praise: O God above,
While life is mine still shall I love
Thy work, still show their beauties forth,
Still praise Thee in Thine Own green earth!

Soli Deo Gloria,
T-

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