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.


Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (Early April 1818 – 12 October 1895), was a hymn-writer and poetess.
She was born in Dublin, the daughter of Major John Humphreys and Elizabeth (née Reed). She began writing verse in her childhood. Her religious work was strongly influenced by her contacts with the Oxford Movement and in particular with John Keble, who edited one of her anthologies. By the 1840s she was already known as a hymn writer and her compositions were soon included in Church of Ireland hymnbooks.
Her book, Hymns for Little Children reached its 69th edition before the close of the nineteenth century. Some of her hymns, e.g. "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "There is a Green Hill Far Away" and the Christmas carol "Once in Royal David's City", are known by many millions of Christians the world over.
In Strabane in October 1850 she married the Anglican clergyman William Alexander, afterwards Bishop of Derry and Archbishop of Armagh. Her husband also wrote several books of poetry, of which the best known is St. Augustine's Holiday and other Poems.
She was also involved in charitable work. Money from her first publications had helped build the Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, which was founded in 1846 in Strabane. The profits from "Hymns for Little Children" were donated to this school.

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Kehadiran-Mu  

oleh CF. Riyanti


Bapa, 
Kutahu Engkau hadir dalam hidupku,
Kutahu Engkau masuk dalam jiwaku.

Bapa,
Kutahu Engkau hadir lewat kasih-Mu,
Kutahu Engkau hidup dalam jiwaku.

Aku bersyukur kepada-Mu,
Kehadiran-Mu kurasakan setiap waktu,
Kehadiran-Mu menyejukkan hatiku,
Dan akan selalu membuatku,
merasakan betapa besar kasih-Mu padaku.


Syair lagu sederhana tentang kehadiran Tuhan dalam kehidupan kita, menyadarkan kepada kita betapa besar kasih-Nya terhadap manusia. Saat kita merasakan kehadiran-Nya, percayalah bahwa saat itu juga Tuhan ada dalam diri kita dan kita rasakan kasih-Nya, sehingga kehidupan terlihat semakin indah sebab kita tahu Tuhan bersama kita dan tidak akan pernah membuat kita sedih, terperosok dalam dosa, malu, kecewa, sebab yang ada pastilah hanya Tuhan yang selalu membuat hidup kita menjadi lebih indah dan berarti.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd  

by James Montgomery (1771 - 1854)

The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know;
I feed in green pastures, safe folded I rest;
He leadeth my soul where the still waters flow,
Restores me when wand’ring, redeems when oppressed.

Through valley and shadow of death though I stray,
Since Thou art my Guardian, no evil I fear;
Thy rod shall defend me, Thy staff be my stay;
No harm can befall, with my Comforter near.

In midst of affliction my table is spread;
With blessings unmeasured my cup runneth o’er;
With perfume and oil Thou anointest my head;
O what shall I ask of Thy providence more?

Let goodness and mercy, my bountiful God,
Still follow my steps till I meet Thee above;
I seek, by the path which my forefathers trod,
Through land of their sojourn, Thy Kingdom of love. 

Puisi oleh James Montgomery ini disadur dari Mazmur 23.
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