All Things Dull and Ugly

 

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manicstreetpreacher wonders why theists don’t praise their creator for everything

I am halfway through Richard Dawkins’ latest book, The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.  I won’t lie; biologists all over the world think that it’s “Darwin for Dummies”, but for a non-scientist it is quite a struggle!  There are, however, some great images and lively analogies and many things have stuck in my mind.

One of these is the lyrics to Monty Python’s version of All Things Bright and Beautiful by Mrs C F Alexander (1848).  I was forced to sing the original version at my primary schools and remember thinking why Almighty God is not praised for the darker side to his creation even then.  Reading Python’s reworking in Dawkins’ book left me with a sense of overdue satisfaction.

I present the lyrics and a YouTube video of both versions:

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Mrs C F Alexander

Refrain

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.

Refrain

[Most hymnals omit the following verse]

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

Refrain

The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

Refrain

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

Refrain

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day.

Refrain

 

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

All Things Dull and Ugly by Monty Python

All things dull and ugly,
All creatures short and squat.
All things rude and nasty,
The Lord God made the lot.

Each little snake that poisons,
Each little wasp that stings.
He made their brutish venom,
He made their horrid wings.

All things sick and cancerous
All evil great and small.
All things foul and dangerous,
The Lord God made them all.

Each nasty little hornet,
Each beastly little squid,
Who made the spiny urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!!

All things scabbed and ulcerous,
All pox both great and small.
Putrid foul and gangrenous,
The Lord God made them all.

Amen

 

Amen indeed!

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2 Responses to “All Things Dull and Ugly”

  1. Richard Morgan Says:

    Well, that’s a relief!
    When I read the title of this blog entry in the e-mail “all things dull and ugly”, I thought, “Oh no, he’s talking about me again.”
    I feel better now.
    Goodnight.

  2. Ray Mills Says:

    In the audiobook version RD reads it out, please someone remix it…

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