296. Let every creature join

Let every creature join
To praise the eternal God;
Ye heavenly hosts, the song begin,
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And sound his name abroad.
Thou sun with golden beams,
And moon with paler rays,
Ye starry lights, ye twinkling flames,
Shine on your maker's praise
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He built those worlds above
And fixed their wondrous frame;
By his command they stand or move,
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And ever speak his name.
Ye vapors, when ye rise,
Or fall in showers or snow,
Ye thunders murmuring round the skies,
His power and glory show.
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Wind, hail, and flashing fire,
Agree to praise the Lord,
When ye in dreadful storms conspire
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To execute his word.
By all his works above
His honors be expressed;
But saints that taste his saving love
Should sing his praises best.
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Let earth and ocean know
They owe their Maker praise;
Praise him, ye watery worlds below,
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And monsters of the seas.
From mountains near the sky
Let his high praise resound,
From humble shrubs and cedars high,
And vales and fields around.
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Ye lions of the wood,
And tamer beasts that graze,
Ye live upon his daily food,
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And he expects your praise.
Ye birds of lofty wing,
On high his praises bear;
Or sit on flowery boughs, and sing
Your Maker's glory there.
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Ye creeping ants and worms,
His various wisdom show,
And flies, in all your shining swarms,
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Praise him that dressed you so.
By all the earth born race
His honors be expressed:
But saints that know his heavenly grace
Should learn to praise him best.
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Monarchs of wide command,
Praise ye the eternal King;
Judges, adore that sovereign hand
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Whence all your honors spring.
Let vigorous youth engage
To sound his praises high;
While growing babes, and withering age,
their feebler voices try.
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United zeal be shown
His wondrous fame to raise;
God is the Lord: his name alone
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Deserves our endless praise.
Let nature join with art,
And all pronounce him blest;
But saints that dwell so near his heart
Should sing his praises best.
(Repeat previous 2 lines).

Text Information
First Line: Let every creature join
Title: Let every creature join
Publication Date: 1854
Meter: S.M.
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Manson
Meter: S.M.

MIDI file: Newburgh.midi
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