All Things Bright and Beautiful (Children’s Poem)

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander (Poem/ Hymn/ Song)

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Background/ History/ Origin:

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Alexander is actually an Anglican (children’s) hymn or song that is also popular with other kinds of Christian denominations. It was first published in 1848 in Cecil Alexander’s collection called Hymns for Little Children. Eventually the children’s hymn/song would also become a popular children’s poem that kids often recite or declaim in school.

This piece has numerous other adaptations and can been sung in tune to several different melodies.

Poetry meaning:

The poem/song has stanzas that reflect the verses of the Apostles’ Creed. The words may have been inspired by a verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all.”

Its inspiration may have also come from Natural Theology by William Paley which emphasizes God as the supreme Designer of Nature/ our world.

 

Complete Words:

“All Things Bright And Beautiful” by Cecil Alexander, Hymns for Lit­tle Child­ren, 1848

1.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

2.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

3.
The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

4.
The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;−

(All things bright and beautiful…)

5.
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,−
He made them every one:

(All things bright and beautiful…)

6.
The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;−

(All things bright and beautiful…)

7.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

(All things bright and beautiful…)

NOTE: Because the third verse implies the class system (or inequality), many later versions of this poem/song/hymn delete it.

 

Here is one of its most popular versions:

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All Things Bright And Beautiful (jpg)

Download/ Print: all things bright and beautiful- (pdf, 35.3KB)

 

Lines/ Lyrics:

All Things Bright and Beautiful 

by Cecil Frances Alexander

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
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.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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