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For the beauty of the earth – Lucerna Laudoniae

First line:
For the beauty of the earth
NEH 285ii
author of text

The story goes that this hymn was inspired by the view from a hill-top near the author’s native city of Bath. It became a hymn of thanksgiving for all God’s blessings, in the natural world and in human relationships, but moving on to his gifts in the Church. As here, those verses are usually curtailed to bring the hymn back to its first themes. It is good to be able to sing of such things, though one must be sensitive that not everyone’s experience of family life is a happy one.

The tune expresses this quiet joy. It was written by David Evans, a widely influential Welsh musician, and given the Latin name that means ‘Lantern of the Lothians’, probably referring to the remains of a monastery at Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland, destroyed in 1355, or to the fifteenth-century church on the same site.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002


The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103Archive Service


Track 21 on CDP12103 [2'57] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDP12103 track 21

Recording date
19 June 2002
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 3 - Hills of the north, rejoice (CDP12103)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: September 2002
    Deletion date: September 2016
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