Cecil Frances Alexander

(Early April 1818 – 12 October 1895 / Dublin)

Maker Of Heaven And Earth (All Things Bright And Beautiful) - Poem 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 colours,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

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.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;--

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.


Comments about Maker Of Heaven And Earth (All Things Bright And Beautiful) by Cecil Frances Alexander

  • Hassan Hayati (7/7/2017 10:44:00 PM)


    mentioning what we look at but do not see (Report) Reply

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  • David Olusegun Agbaje (7/2/2017 7:18:00 PM)


    What an excellent piece of poetry! It is beautifully rhymed and highly inspiring. The poem is one of my favorites. Way back in my secondary school days, it planted in my tender heart the love of poetry and taught me to pay attention to details of God's creation. It has enriched my life since then by deepening my appreciation of God's greatness and wonders of nature. I no longer take things around me for granted as I see order and and skill of the Skillful Designer in them all. Kudos to the poet! (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2017 9:31:00 PM)


    One of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Harmeet Sandhu (6/12/2017 6:16:00 PM)


    Beautiful words of poem 9 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/12/2017 12:31:00 PM)


    In the garden! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2017 11:05:00 AM)


    A great poem dedicated to the bounties bestowed by Him on his subjects, human as well as the nature and it's varied manifestations. (Report) Reply

  • Rafic Abdul (6/12/2017 5:44:00 AM)


    God is Great and wonderful as you have thought....
    this poem will always let me know the worth of my Creator, thank you for that.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/12/2017 12:34:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem worth reading and memorizing.... a big 10++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (6/12/2017 12:32:00 AM)


    Without any hype, this is the celebration of everything we see around us and an expression of gratitude to God. This sweetly rhymed poem is a favourite of mine. Thanks.
    How great is God Almighty,
    Who has made all things well.
    (Report) Reply

  • Cristina Alejandra Estrella (4/17/2017 5:02:00 PM)


    A beautiful said poem that teaches every individual to Thank God for what each one of us are praise him in all times to come. (Report) Reply

  • Marvin Tordillos (3/30/2017 8:34:00 PM)


    I had this on grade three :) love it so much, still remember those lines, each little flower that opens, each little bird that sing... Love it thank you for being here, miss this :) (Report) Reply

  • Nick Kler (2/26/2017 4:51:00 AM)


    I think this wonderfully written. It does make one think (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (1/5/2017 11:26:00 PM)


    A nice poem with good rhythm. The poet submits totally to the sublime.
    The poet gives credence to the omnipotent God for the creation of everything in the universe.
    Sylva-Onyema Uba
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  • Spock The Vegan (12/12/2016 11:43:00 AM)


    I really like this poem. I'll have to check out more from his poet. (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (9/6/2015 10:08:00 AM)


    Dedicated poem...to the Creator of Creator....Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (6/17/2015 8:53:00 PM)


    A beautiful dedication to a faith. rhythmically crafted. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2014 3:12:00 PM)


    Beautiful worship (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (11/1/2014 3:00:00 PM)


    The most sonorous poem I've ever read. The articulation, the crafting, the insight... all combined to make the poem a wonderful master piece. Thanks for sharing. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2012 7:31:00 PM)


    Ha! Just realized why this seemed familiar to me. Wow, I feel a bit dumb now... Especially since Cecil won't be reading my previous comment ;) (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2009 7:03:00 PM)


    While this poem is dear to me - I've known it and sung it since I was five years old, I am disturbed by the 'rich man vs. poor man' verse, which is always omitted in every church hymnal I've ever seen. It was certainly omitted in the wonderful Sunday school workbook they handed out in 1957 at the Episcopal church in Downey, California (St. Mark's) and rightly so.

    The notion that God justly made some human beings wealthy and made others poor was a very Victorian notion that Cecil Frances Alexander unfortunately included in her thinking. She was without doubt a product of her age and environment.

    I cannot fathom trying to justify the disparities in our world - and the fact that 2/3 of humanity is either starving or living in a state of chronic malnutrition - by saying it's God's intention. I believe the opposite. It is given to us, I believe, to do something about the problem, and poverty is a great social crime (as George Bernard Shaw believed) that all people should work to eliminate.

    Still, we need to know that verse is there, even if we justly omit it when singing these words. Apart from that verse, the sentiment is spot on. Every creature belongs to God who made all things well.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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