For centuries hymns have expressed praise for creation, and encouraged people to respect. Admire and marvel at the wonders and beauty of the natural world. Doreen Newport (1927-2004) was a 20th century hymnwriter, whose hymn ‘Think of a world without any flowers’ contributed to this group of hymnody. The hymn encourages awareness and thankfulness for all aspects of the environment – the natural world and its fauna and flora, people and communities – and to regard them all as products of divine creation.
The hymn was first published in 1967 in the hymnal Dunblane Praises, and can be sung to two tunes: THINK OF A WORLD and GENESIS.
The tune GENESIS, by Graham Clifford Wescott.