Words by Joanna Boulter
Clothed in her endless blue horizon far below us,
she slowly rotates unveiling her beauty
and as I gaze at the Earthscape, it’s hard to imagine
the forces that are swirling beneath us,
strength of storm and hurricane winds.
I can hardly credit the power
wielded by the oceans.
Mighty currents circle the vastness of the seas
surging round the globe.
As the Earth continues in motion
every feature comes to the fore,
everything is put in perspective.
From this altitude I am awed by the sight
and it forces me to consider
how selfish and careless we are becoming,
Man the unworthy prince of the planet.
Earth’s our refuge, we must tend her,
but we’re careless in our duty.
Earth in her solitude, nurturing all life,
fragile and delicate, thinly veiled in cloud.
But it’s human nature to destroy as we try to progress.
Man the unworthy prince of the planet
needs to beware!
Danger lurks, ready to lay waste.
But hope remains even when the Earth rotates into darkness,
even though desolation threatens
because hope dawns upon Earth with every new day!
Breaking through the clouds,
warming every life,
reaching every soul,
drenching us in light.
Such a lovely sight, comfort to our hearts
snowy-capped with gleams of ice;
glorious many-coloured orb,
blue and green, our only home
our beloved Earth waits for us below.
Few will have seen her like this,
(few will know)
awed at the sight,
(the awe of this wonderful sight)
beautiful as a dream
given on trust
Earth waits for our care.
Where’s the wisdom we need?
Where’s the courage we crave?
Yes! we can find them here in Man’s spirit,
humble custodian, child of the Earth.
Now we will prove our worth,
now we embrace our ideals,
now we are bold in heart, vision and faith.
Inspiration fires us
flame of hearts and minds
like a beacon here at the borders
where our journey begins.
So pilgrimage beckons,
new knowledge awaits
showing us clearly our vision for humanity,
shining, gleaming with all our aspirations and our dreams.
Music by Andrew Webb-Mitchell
Words by Joanna Boulter
Elizabeth Bailey soprano
Hui Jin tenor
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikel Toms conductor
Video compiled from over 20,000 individual still images of Earth taken on board the International Space Station. Click the "Captions" button for English lyrics or image/astronomy guide.
Images and video courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.
Music video by First Creative Ltd