A Thanksgiving Hymn

Almighty Sovereign of the skies

Author: Nathan Strong
Published in 48 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Almighty Sovereign of the skies,
To thee let songs of gladness rise,
Each grateful heart its tribute bring,
And every voice thy goodness sing.

2 'Twas thou that built this spacious earth,
Thou gav'st to every creature birth,
E'en man was fashioned by thy hand,
And angels glowed at thy command.

3 From thee our choicest blessings flow,
Life, health, and strength, thy hands bestow,
The daily good thy creatures share,
Springs from thy providential care.

4 The rich profusion nature yields,
The harvests waving o'er the fields,
The cheering light, refreshing shower,
Are gifts from thy exhaustless store.

5 At thy command the vernal bloom,
Revives the world from winter's gloom,
The summer's heat the fruit matures,
And autumn all her treasures pours.

6 From thee proceed domestic ties,
Connubial bliss, paternal joy;
On thy support the nations stand,
Obedient to thy high command.

7 But how shall frail imperfect man,
Whose being reaches but a span,
Attempt in earth-born strains to prove,
The wonders of Redeeming love!

8 Let every power of heart and tongue,
Unite to swell the grateful song,
While age and youth in chorus join,
And praise the majesty divine.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Nathan Strong

Strong, Nathan, D.D., a leading Congregational divine of his day, was born at Coventry, Connecticut, Oct. 16, 1748, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1769. He first studied law, but soon turned his attention to the ministry. In January 1774 he became the Pastor of the First Congregational Church at Hartford, and remained there to his death in 1816. In 1796 he won much repute through his essay on The Doctrine of Eternal Misery consistent with the Infinite Benevolence of God. He founded The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, in 1800, and also took a prominent part in establishing the Connecticut Home Mission Society in 1801. His degree of D.D. was conferred by the University of Princeton. His services to American hymnology, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Almighty Sovereign of the skies
Title: A Thanksgiving Hymn
Author: Nathan Strong
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Instances (1 - 48 of 48)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d15

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #A59

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #819

Appendix to Mennonite Hymn Book #d4

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #536

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Book of Worship #536

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Choice Hymns #257

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d28

Crowning Carols #d5

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Deutsches Lieder- und Melodienbuch #a254

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #335

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #335

Hymnal, Church of the Brethren #d19

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d10

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d10

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Hymns and Tunes #254

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Hymns #969

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Hymns #969

Melodies of the Church #d29

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Mission Songs #112

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d18

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #498

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d11

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #86

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d25

The Beacon Light #d4

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The Brethren Hymnal #654

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The Brethren Hymnody #67

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The Camp-Meeting Chorister #298

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The Christian Hymn Book #1245

The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #601

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #539

The Church Hymn Book #d25

The Churches of God Hymnal. #d22

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #1389

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCCXLIV

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCCXLIV

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d14

The Social Harp #d11

The Social Harp. Rev. #d14

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The Sweet Singer of Israel #284

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