Folliot S. Pierpoint was a graduate of Queens College, Cambridge University. Originally a teacher by profession, he traveled from place to place throughout his life, teaching in various schools. Pierpoint eventually retired from academics to become a writer, publishing seven volumes of poetry in his lifetime.
Pierpoint’s inspiration for this hymn came on a walk one late Spring day, in the lovely area surrounding his home in Bath, England. Overwhelmed with the beauty he saw, he sat down and wrote “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Published as The Sacrifice of Praise in 1864 for the many gifts God has bestowed upon us. It was originally sung as a hymn for communion in Anglican services and has since become a favorite for Sunday School Children.