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48. The Spacious Firmament on High

1 The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim:
Th'unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.

2 Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly, to the listening earth,
Repeats the story of her birth;
While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

3 What though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
What though no real voice nor sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice;
Forever singing, as they shine,
"The hand that made us is divine."

Text Information
First Line: The spacious firmament on high
Title: The Spacious Firmament on High
Alterer: Joseph Addison, 1672-1719
Meter: LMD
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Scripture:
Topic: God the Father: Creator; God: Eternity and Power
Tune Information
Name: CREATION
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn, 1732-1809
Meter: LMD
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Adapt.: The Choral, 1845



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