Birds in Hymns – All That’s Good, and Great, and True by Godfrey Thring
Based on John 1:3
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Words: Godfrey Thring, 1863.
Music: Orientis Partibus, medieval French melody. Alternate tunes:
•Aletta, William B. Bradbury, Jubilee (New York: 1858) (MIDI, score)
•Canterbury, Orlando Gibbons, in Hymns and Songs of the Church, by George Wither, 1623
•Ever Faithful, Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900)
All That’s Good, and Great, and True
All that’s good, and great, and true,
All that is and is to be,
Be it old or be it new,
Comes, O Father, comes from Thee.
Mercies dawn with every day,
Newer, brighter than before;
And the sun’s declining ray
Layeth others up in store.
Not a bird that doth not sing
Sweetest praises to Thy Name;
Not an insect on the wing
But Thy wonders doth proclaim.
Every blade and every tree
All in happy concert ring,
And in wondrous harmony
Join in praises to their King.
Fill us, then, with love divine;
Grant that we, though toiling here,
May in spirit, being Thine,
See and hear Thee everywhere.
May we all, with songs of praise,
Whilst on earth Thy Name adore,
Till with angel choirs we raise
Songs of praise forevermore.