1 "Now let a spacious world arise,"
Said the Creator Lord:
At once th'obedient earth and skies
Rose at his sov'reign word.
2 Dark was the deep; the waters lay
Confus'd and drown'd the land:
He call'd the light; the new-born day
Attends on his command.
3 He bids the clouds ascend on high;
The clouds ascend, and bear
A wat'ry treasure to the sky,
And float on softer air.
4 The liquid element below
Was gather'd by his hand:
The rolling seas together flow,
And leave the solid land.
5 With herbs and plants a flow'ry birth,
The naked globe he crown'd,
E're there was rain to bless the earth,
Or sun to warm the ground.
6 Then he adorn'd the upper skies;
Behold the sun appears;
The moon and stars in order rise,
To mark out months and years.
7 Out of the deep th'almighty King.
Did vital beings frame,
The painted fowls of ev'ry wing,
And fish of ev'ry name.
8 He gave the lion and the worm
At once their wond'rous birth,
And grazing beasts of various form
Rose from the teeming earth.
9 Adam was fram'd of equal clay,
Though sov'reign of the rest,
Design'd for nobler ends than they;
With God's own image blest.
10 Thus glorious in the Maker's eye
The young Creation stood;
He saw the building from on high,
His word pronounc'd it good.
11 Lord while the frame of nature stands,
Thy praise shall fill my tongue:
But the new world of grace demands
A more exalted song.
Source: 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.) #CCLXIV