1 Heaven and earth and sea and air
God's eternal praise declare;
Up, my soul, awake and raise
Grateful hymns and songs of praise.
See the sun with glorious ray
Pierce the clouds at opening day;
Moon and stars in splendor bright
Praise their God through silent night.
2 See how earth, with beauty checked,
Tells a heavenly Architect;
Woods and fields, with lowing kine,
Show their Maker all divine.
See the birds, how, pair by pair,
Swift they cleave the yielding air;
Thunder, lightning, storm, and wind
God doth at his will unbind.
3 See the billows tumbling o'er,
Chafing with incessant roar;
Hear them as thy sink and swell
Loud their Maker's praises tell.
Through the world, great God, I trace
Wonders of thy power and grace.
Write more deeply on my heart
What I am, and that thou art.
Cox, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. George V. Cox, born at Oxford, is well known as a successful translator of hymns from the German. Her translations were published as Sacred Hymns from the German, London, Pickering. The 1st edition, pub. 1841, contained 49 translations printed with the original text, together with biographical notes on the German authors. In the 2nd edition, 1864, Hymns from the German, London, Rivingtons, the translations were increased to 56, those of 1841 being revised, and with additional notes. The 56 translations were composed of 27 from the 1st ed. (22 being omitted) and 29 which were new. The best known of her translations are "Jesus lives! no longer [thy terrors] now" ; and ”Who are these like stars appeari… Go to person page >
Author: Joachim Neander
Neander, Joachim, was born at Bremen, in 1650, as the eldest child of the marriage of Johann Joachim Neander and Catharina Knipping, which took place on Sept. 18, 1649, the father being then master of the Third Form in the Paedagogium at Bremen. The family name was originally Neumann (Newman) or Niemann, but the grandfather of the poet had assumed the Greek form of the name, i.e. Neander. After passing through the Paedagogium he entered himself as a student at the Gymnasium illustre (Academic Gymnasium) of Bremen in Oct. 1666. German student life in the 17th century was anything but refined, and Neander seems to have been as riotous and as fond of questionable pleasures as most of his fellows. In July 1670, Theodore Under-Eyck came to Breme… Go to person page >
Display Title: Heaven and Earth and Sea and AirFirst Line: Heaven and earth and sea and airTune Title: MAIDSTONEAuthor: Joachim Neander, 1650-1680; Frances Elizabeth Cox, 1812-1897Scripture: Psalm 104:31-33; Psalm 19Date: 1982Subject: Earth | ; God the Creator | ; God the Eternal | ; Nature | ; Praise |Source: From Psalm 19