"We are not measured by the trials we meet -- only by those we overcome."
- - Spencer W. Kimball
November 25, 2015
A New Thanksgiving Hymn
by Orson Scott Card

All That the Earth Can Yield

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An original hymn with words by Orson Scott Card and music by Mark Mitchell. Performed live on Friday, 13 November 2015 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Sheet music available in the book Hymns of Light by Orson Scott Card

All that the earth can yield,
All that seeds can hold,
Sheep within the fold;
    Fruit of a heavy field
    Or fallen from tree and vine:
    They are already thine.

All that I think I own,
All within my hand,
House and plot of land;
    All that I've reaped and sown
    And all that the world calls mine:
    They are already thine.

All of the dreams of youth,
Memories of age,
Life at every stage;
    All that I know of truth
    And all that is sweet and fine:
    It is already thine.

All of the trust I've earned,
All the tears I've shed,
Hungry souls I've fed;
    All of the love I've learned,
    Lord: what is truly mine,
    It is already thine.

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About Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts.

Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He also teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University.

Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.

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