Written by Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), "All Things Bright and Beautiful" was quite popular in its day as a children's hymn, likely due Alexander's prolific work as an author and its publication in her very well-received, Hymns for Little Children. I say "well-received" because this collection has seen over 100 editions to date!
Mrs. Alexander wrote this hymn and a number of others to help children understand the Apostle's Creed. This particular hymn is based on the line, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth." Other hymns Alexander wrote to teach the doctrines in the Apostle's Creed include, "Once in Royal David's City" and "There Is a Green Hill Far Away."
It's encouraging to note that Alexander not only wrote the truths of God, she lived them with her generous lifestyle. She gave a considerable amount of time to a ministry for unwed mothers and the proceeds from her children's hymnal went toward a school for the deaf.
Interesting Tidbit: Veterinarian James Herriot titled his first book, All Creatures Great and Small, at the suggestion of his young daughter who knew this hymn.
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