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Behold, the lofty sky

Behold, the lofty sky

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 141 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 >

Text Information

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

Notes

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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The Cyber Hymnal #438
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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #201

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #201

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #C.I

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #182

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #206

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #188

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #17

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #17

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #17

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d31

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A Manual of Devotion for Soldiers and Sailors #70

A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d19

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #188

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #188

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American Psalmody #38b

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American Psalmody #52a

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #29

Cantica Laudis #d27

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Carmina Sacra #144a

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Carmina Sacra #158b

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Carmina Sacra #167c

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Christian Hymns #331

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Church Choral-Book #310

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Church Hymn Book #P.XIX.I

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d108

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Church Psalmist #P19e

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Church Psalmist #P19e

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Church Psalmist #P19e

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Church Psalmody #P19.6

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Church Psalmody #P19f

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Church Psalmody #13

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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.) #39

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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.) #35

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #39

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #35

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #XIXa

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Dr. Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #42

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Evangelical Musick #32a

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d36

General Baptist Hymn Book #d53

Harmonia Ecclesiae #d19

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d29

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #188

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #188

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Hymns for Christian Melody #591

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Hymns for Schools #227

Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d30

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d22

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #242

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #P19f

Melodies of the Church #d105

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Musica Sacra #107

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Musica Sacra #152b

Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d15

New Gems of Music #d2

Parish Psalmody #d66

Parish Psalmody #d68

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #27

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.43

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #P19.1

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P19.2

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #331

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Selah #160b

Social Harmony #d7

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Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #340

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Sunday-School Hymns #62

Templi Carmina #d20

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The American Sabbath School Singing Book #8

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d31

The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d18

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The Chapel hymn book, with tunes #169

The Choralist #d29

The Christian Harmony #d38

The Christian Hymn Book #d69

The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d25

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d72

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The Christian Hymn Book #19

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