Friday 22nd May 2020
 
                All things bright and beautiful,
                All creatures great and small,
                All things wise and wonderful,
                The Lord God made them all.
         
                He gave us eyes to see them
                And lips that we might tell
                How great is God Almighty
                He hath made all things well.
 
                Each little flower that opens,
                Each little bird that sings,
                He made their glowing colours,
                He made their tiny wings.
 
                The purple headed mountain,
                The river running by,
                The sunset and the morning,
                That brightens up the sky.
 
                The cold wind in the winter,
                The pleasant summer sun,
                The ripe fruits in the garden,
                He made them every one.
 
                The tall trees in the greenwood,
                The meadows where lambs run,
                The rushes by the water,
                We gather every one.
                Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

Words from Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), the Irish hymn writer. Cecil had a Norfolk connection, her father was from Norfolk but lived in Ireland and was a land agent. She was greatly influenced by the Oxford Movement and went on to write such well know hymns as Once in Royal Davids City and There is a Green Hill Far Away, as well as All things Bright and Beautiful seen here. Cecil was married to William Alexander, Bishop of Derry and later Archbishop of Armagh.

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