Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of For the Beauty of the Earth.
For the Beauty of the Earth is a Christian hymn written in 1864 by the English Anglo-Catholic hymnodist and poet Folliott S. Pierpoint (1835–1917). Pierpoint was 29 at the time he wrote this hymn; he was mesmerized by the beauty of the countryside that surrounded him. It was written as a Eucharistic hymn – hence the title of “The Sacrifice of Praise”, the refrain “Christ, our God, to Thee we raise, This, our sacrifice of praise”.
The tune most widely used for this hymn is the same tune used for William Chatterton Dix’s “As with Gladness Men of Old,” a Christmas carol composed five years prior but not released publicly until three years after Pierpont.