Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Earth Adorned

The earth adorned in verdant robe
sends praises upward surging,
while soft winds breathe on fragrant flowers
from winter now emerging.
The sunshine bright gives warmth and light
to budding blossoms tender,
proclaiming summer splendor.

    From out the wood, the birds now sing
    and each its song now raises,
    to join with all the universe 
    in voicing thankful praises.
    With hope and joy their songs employ
    a rapturous exultation
    in praise of God's creation.

O God, amid these joys of life, 
creation's glory beaming,
grant us the grace to keep your word
and live in love redeeming.
All flesh is grass, the flowers fade,
and time is fleeting ever;
God's word remains forever. 

Waldeman Ahlen (trans. Carolyn and Kenneth Jennings)

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