10714. Ye Tribes Of Adam, Join

1 Ye tribes of Adam, join
With Heav’n, and earth, and seas,
And offer notes divine
To your creator’s praise:
Ye holy throng of angels bright,
In worlds of light, begin the song.

2 Thou sun with dazzling rays,
And moon that rules the night,
Shine to your maker’s praise,
With stars of twinkling light:
His power declare, ye floods on high,
And clouds that fly in empty air.

3 The shining worlds above
In glorious order stand,
Or in swift courses move,
By His supreme command:
He spake the word, and all their frame
From nothing came, to praise the Lord.

4 He moved their mighty wheels
In unknown ages past,
And each His word fulfills
While time and nature last:
In different ways His works proclaim
His wondrous name, and speak His praise.

5 Let all the earth-born race,
And monsters of the deep
The fish that cleave the seas,
Or in their bosom sleep;
From sea and shore their tribute pay,
And still display their maker’s power.

6 Ye vapors, hail, and snow,
Praise ye th’almighty Lord,
And stormy winds that blow,
To execute His word:
When lightnings shine, or thunders roar,
Let earth adore His hand divine.

7 Ye mountains near the skies,
With lofty cedars there,
And trees of humbler size,
That fruit in plenty bear;
Beasts wild and tame, birds, flies, and worms,
In various forms, exalt His name.

8 Ye kings and judges, fear
The Lord, the sovereign King;
And while you rule us here,
His heav’nly honors sing;
Nor let the dream of power and state
Make you forget His power supreme.

9 Virgins and youths, engage
To sound His praise divine,
While infancy and age
Their feebler voices join:
Wide as He reigns His name be sung
By every tongue in endless strains.

10 Let all the nations fear
The God that rules above;
He brings His people near,
And makes them taste His love:
While earth and sky attempt His praise,
His saints shall raise His honors high.

Text Information
First Line: Ye tribes of Adam, join
Title: Ye Tribes Of Adam, Join
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 66.66.88
Language: English
Source: The Psalms of David, 1719
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Lewis Edson (circa 1782)
Meter: 66.66.88
Key: B♭ Major
Source: The Chorister's Companion, by Simeon Jocelyn & Amos Doolittle (New Haven, Connecticut: 1782)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Repeats last line of each verse

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