Monday, 26 September 2011

The Queen's Table - 3

Not everything that is grown in the garden at Balmoral will be eaten at the table - there are also flowers to adorn the table at meal times - such as this rose.

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


Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.


For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind’s delight,
For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight.


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


For each perfect gift of Thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of Heaven.


Please note - Her Majesty The Queen was present when this anthem was sung at St Paul's Cathedral in London.


Idle Rambler said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog . .. . and leaving a comment.

I'm glad I've found your blog now. It's lovely to see reference to all the well-loved hymns I know so well.

I'm afraid I don't know much of your part of the world but I remember the natural beauty of the area from a very enjoyable retreat at Fort Augustus Abbey many years ago.

Peter Simpson said...

Sadly, Fort Augustus Abbey is no more - it closed around 10 years ago. There is still Pluscarden Abbey (Benedictine) - which I visited earlier today. It seems active. The new Abbot is being blessed next Monday - the previous Abbot was ordained Bishop of Aberdeen on 15 August this year.