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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Benedicite (Selected Rondels).
IV. “O let the Earth in fair array”
By Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
 
O let the Earth bless the Lord; yea, let it praise Him and magnify Him for ever.

O LET the Earth in fair array
  Breathe to the Lord a gladsome strain;
  Weave round her brow a radiant chain
Of apple-bloom or fragrant may,
And dance along her sunny way        5
  Through waving grass and springing grain:
O let the Earth in fair array
  Breathe to the Lord a gladsome strain.
 
In sylvan aisles her worship pay,
  Or praise Him by the azure main:        10
  When morning smiles without a stain,
Or evening dons her mantle grey—
O let the Earth in fair array
  Breathe to the Lord a gladsome strain.
 
 
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