This song was written by Maltbie Babcock in the late 1800's. Maltbie was a minister living in western New York, and he frequently used to go out for a morning walk, and as he left the house he would tell his wife "Goin' out to look at my Father's world!" He wrote the poem "My Father's World" based on these walks. After his death in 1901 his wife collected his poems and other writings and published them. The poem was then discovered by Franklin L. Sheppard and set to music, and it became a classic church hymn. The original poem contained 16 stanzas. Today only seven of the stanzas are commonly used, and the various hymnals differ on the end of the final stanza.