Behold, the lofty sky

Behold, the lofty sky

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 139 hymnals

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1 Behold, the lofty sky
Declares its Maker, God;
All all the starry worlds on high,
Proclaim his power abroad.

2 The darkness and the light
Still keep their course the same;
While night to day, and day to night,
Divinely teach his name.

3 In every different land,
Their general voice is known;
They show the wonders of his hand,
And orders of his throne.

4 While of thy works I sing,
Thy glory to proclaim,
Accept the praise, my God, my king,
In my Redeemer's name.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #18

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Behold, the lofty sky
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

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Behold the lofty sky. I. Watts. [Ps. xix.] 1st published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, being a paraphrase of the first part of Psalm xix., and headed "The Book of Nature and Scripture. For a Lord's-Day Morning." It is in 8 stanzas of 4 lines; and was given with the omission of stanza vi. in J. Wesley's Psalms & Hymns, Charlestown, South Carolina, 1736-7, p. 08. The paraphrase, "Behold the morning sun," deals in 8 stanzas of 4 lines with another aspect of the same Psalm, and is given next after the above in the Psalms, &c, 1719. Both paraphrases, usually abbreviated, are in common use, the latter specially in America. In Martineau's Hymns, 1840 and 1873, the hymn "Behold the lofty sky," No. 247, is a cento from these two paraphrases, stanzas i., ii. being from the first, and iii.—vi. from the second.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches: to which are added prayers for families and individuals #201Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to which are added prayers for families and individuals (New and Enl. Stereotype Ed.) #201Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #201TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d15
A Collection of Hymns, More Particularly Designed for the Use of the West Society in Boston. (2nd ed. with Additions) #XCVPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #C.IText
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #182Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #206Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the use of Universalist Societies and Families (13th ed.) #181Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #181Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #188Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion #17Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship. 2nd ed. #d41
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion of the church of Christ: with an appendix of German hymns #17Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion, of the church of Christ (6th ed.) #17Page Scan
A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d31
A Manual of Devotion for Soldiers and Sailors: comprising I. forms of prayer, public and private, II. a compend of Bible truth, III. The Assembly's shorter catechism, IV. A selection of psalms and... #70Page Scan
A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d19
A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, from the Most Approved Authors ... of the Church of Christ #d40
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #188Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #188Page Scan
American Psalmody: a collection of sacred music, comprising a great variety of psalm, and hymn tunes, set-pieces, anthems and chants, arranged with a figured bass for the organ...(3rd ed.) #38bPage Scan
American Psalmody: a collection of sacred music, comprising a great variety of psalm, and hymn tunes, set-pieces, anthems and chants, arranged with a figured bass for the organ...(3rd ed.) #52aPage Scan
Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #29
Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d27
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #144aPage Scan
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #158bPage Scan
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #167cPage Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #16Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #331Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WP19aPage Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #310Page Scan
Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.XIX.ITextPage Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d108
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #P19ePage Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #P19ePage Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #P19ePage Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #P19.6Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #P19fPage Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #13Page Scan
Cole's Pocket Edition of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Containing Most of the Tunes Used in Different Churches #d17
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #815Page Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #39TextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #39TextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #35TextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (Corr. and enl.) #XIXaTextPage Scan
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United: consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, set pieces, anthems, etc. (10th ed) #32aPage Scan
Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d36
General Baptist Hymn Book #d53
Harmonia Ecclesiae: or, Companion to the Christian Minstrel #d19
Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d29
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #188Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #188Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #591Page Scan
Hymns for Family Worship with Prayers for Every Day in the Week, Selected from Various Authors #43Page Scan
Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #43Page Scan
Hymns for Schools: with appropriate selections from scripture and tunes suited to the metres of the hymns (3rd ed.) #227Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d30
Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d22
Hymns for the Sanctuary #242Page Scan
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #P19fPage Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d105
Musica Sacra: or, Springfield and Utica Collections United: consisting of Psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, and chants (2nd revised ed.) #107Page Scan
Musica Sacra: or, Springfield and Utica Collections United: consisting of Psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, and chants (2nd revised ed.) #152bPage Scan
Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d15
New Gems of Music #d2
Parish Psalmody #d66
Parish Psalmody #d68
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #P19aPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d68
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #27Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d71
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.43Text
Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship: and approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: the latter being arranged according to subjects... #P19.1Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P19.2Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #P19aPage Scan
Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America: being an improvement of the old version of the Psalms of David #19aPage Scan
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #331Page Scan
Selah: a collection of psalm and hymn tunes, introits, anthems, chants, motetts, choruses, etc. adapted to the use of classes, private circles, and worship assemblies #160bPage Scan
Social Harmony #d7
Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #340Page Scan
Sunday-School Hymns #62Page Scan
Templi Carmina #d20
The American Sabbath School Singing Book: containing hymns, tunes, scriptural selections and chants, for Sabbath schools #8Page Scan
The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d31
The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d18
The Chapel hymn book, with tunes: for the worship of God #169Page Scan
The Choralist #d29
The Christian Harmony: in the Seven-Syllable Character Note System. Rev. ed. #d38
The Christian Hymn Book #d69
The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d25
The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d72
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #19Page Scan
The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #141Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #P19ePage Scan
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