Pondering the lyrics of Christian hymns can help us understand the beauty of life in its truest form. Hymns often praise the beauty of the earth and God’s other splendid creations; the beauty of truth, the beauty of love; the beauty of Zion, Temples and knowing that Christ will return for His peaceful Millennial day. Here are ten beautiful, thought-provoking hymns along with links for your listening and reading pleasure.
1. “For the Beauty of the Earth” (Listen) / Text by Folliott S. Pierpoint; Music by Conrad Kocher.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies . . . Lord of all, to thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.”
2. “America the Beautiful” (Listen) / Text: Katherine Lee Bates; Music: Samuel A. Ward.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” Oh, beautiful for spacious skies . . . Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet . . . Oh, beautiful for heroes proved . . . Oh, beautiful for patriot dream.”
3. “Oh, Holy Words of Truth and Love” (Listen) / Text: Joseph L. Townsend; Music: Edwin F. Parry.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” Beautiful words of love Coming from God above, How sweet, how dear the words we hear! They’re beautiful words of love.”
4. “Beautiful Zion, Built Above” (Listen) / Text: George Gill; M usic: Joseph G. Fones.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” Beautiful Zion, built above . . . Beautiful heav’n, where all is light . . . Beautiful crowns on ev’ry brow.”
5. “How Beautiful Thy Temples, Lord” (Listen) / Text: Frank I. Kooyman; Music: Tracy Y. Cannon.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” How beautiful thy temples, Lord! . . . How beautiful thy message, Lord . . . How beautiful thy promise, Lord.”
6. “Let Zion in her Beauty Rise” (Listen) / Text: Edward Partridge; Music: Anon.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” Let Zion in her beauty rise . . . Ere long her King will rend the skies . . . The gospel spreading thru the land.”
7. “Love at Home” (Listen) / Text and music: John Hugh McNaughton.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” There is beauty all around When there’s love at home.”
8. “The Day Dawn is Breaking” (Listen) / Text: Joseph L. Townsend; Music: William Clayson.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” The day dawn is breaking, the world is awaking . . . Now heralds the time of the beautiful day. Beautiful day of peace and rest . . . Beautiful, bright, millennial day.”
9. “Awake and Arise” / Text: Theodore E. Curtis; Music: Carolee Curtis Green.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” For truth, heaven-born, in its beauty and glory Is marching triumphantly over the world.”
10. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Listen) / Text: Julia Ward Howe; Music: Anon.
Snippet of Lyrics: ” In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea . . . As he died to make men holy, let us live to make men free.”
“Church Music – Hymns – Interactive Church Music Player.” LDS.org.
“Hymns, Text Only.” LDS.org.