426. 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.
The 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:
whilst 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;
for ever 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
Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Meter: LMD
Publication Date: 1998
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Creation
Tune Information
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Trombone arrangement: Melva Treffinger Graham (1947-)
Meter: LMD
Source: Adapt. Dulcimer, or New York Collection of Sacred Music, 1850, alt.
Copyright: Trombone arrangement © Melva Treffinger Graham

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