XXVII. A Summary View of the Creation

1 Look up, ye saints, direct your eyes
To Him who dwells above the skies;
With your glad notes his praise rehearse
Who form'd the mighty universe.

2 He spoke, and from the womb of night
At once sprang up the cheering light;
Him discord heard, and at his nod
Beauty awoke, and spoke the God.

3 The word he gave, th' obedient sun
Began his glorious grace to run:
Nor silver moon, nor stars delay
To glide along th' aetherial way.

4 Teeming with life, air, earth, and sea
Obey th' Almighty's high decree;
To every tribe he gives their food,
Then speaks the whole divinely good.

5 But to complete the wondrous plan,
From earth, and dust, he fashion'd Man;
In man the last, in him the best,
The Maker's image stands confest.

6 Lord, while thy glorious works I view,
Form thou my heart and soul anew;
Here bid thy purest light to shine,
And beauty glow with charms divine.

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First Line: Look up, ye saints, direct your eyes
Title: A Summary View of the Creation
Author: Needham
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1792
Topic: Creation and Providence; A Summary view of Creation; Creation: Of Man (1 more...)
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