The Tuesday Tune for today’s post is one of my favorite hymns. “For the Beauty of the Earth” is a Christian hymn by Folliott S. Pierpoint, M.A. (1835-1917). Folliott was born at Spa Villa in Bath, England and was educated at Queen’s College, Cambridge, graduating in classical honours in 1871. “For the Beauty of the Earth” was first published as The Sacrifice of Praise in 1864.
My special memory of this hymn is singing it at Echo Lake in Augusta, Maine, where Farmguy’s family has spent summers for five generations. Every Sunday during the summer, there is a “sing.” And, all of the neighboring families, many of whom have been spending summers in Maine as long as Farmguy’s family, take turns hosting one of these campfire gatherings. Everyone brings his or her hymnals and favorite campfire songs along with sandwiches and a thermos of coffee, we make s’mores by the fire, and sing together for a couple of hours. It is a wonderful tradition, and I have fond memories of spending time with Farmguy’s grandparents there. I remember Farmguy’s grandmother once sharing that this hymn was her mother’s favorite. It is truly one of the loveliest and most moving hymns. I hope you will take a moment to listen to these stirring lyrics by Folliott S. Pierpoint and the beautiful voices of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Enjoy!
**Special note: Our good friend and artist, Donna Tuten painted these beautiful scenes of Farmguy’s family’s camp in Maine. Also, sadly, Farmguy’s grandfather passed away in February of this year. He would have been 103 yesterday.
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