“…the world is mine, and all that is in it.” –Psalm 50:12 (NIV)
This song was written by Maltbie Babcock in the late 1800’s. Maltbie was a minister living in western New York, and he frequently used to go out for a morning walk, and as he left the house he would tell his wife “Goin’ out to look at my Father’s world!” He wrote the poem “My Father’s World” based on these walks. After his death in 1901 his wife collected his poems and other writings and published them. The poem was then discovered by Franklin L. Sheppard and set to music, and it became a classic church hymn. The original poem contained 16 stanzas. Today only seven of the stanzas are commonly used, and the various hymnals differ on the end of the final stanza.
This is my Father’s world. and to my listening ears
all natures sings and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas — His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world. the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world. oh let me ne’er foorget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world, why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King, let the heavens ring!
God reigns — let the earth be glad!