The glorious universe around,
The heavens with all their train,
Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound,
In one mysterious chain.
The earth, the ocean, and the sky,
To form one world agree,
Where all that walk, or swim, or fly,
Compose one family.
God in creation thus displays
His wisdom and His might,
While all His works with all His ways
In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below, and saints above,
Their bliss and glory find.
Here, in their house of pilgrimage,
Thy statutes are their song;
There, through one bright eternal age,
Thy praises they prolong.
Lord, may our union form a part
Of that thrice happy whole,
Derive its pulse from Thee the Heart,
Its life from Thee the Soul.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
The glorious universe around. J. Montgomery. [Communion of Saints.] This hymn appeared in the Leeds Selection of Hymns, Compiled and Original, &c, by E. Parsons and others, 1822, No. 829, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 476, it was given with a slight revision and the addition of the stanza "The earth, the ocean, and the sky" as stanzas ii. in its revised form of 6 stanzas. The same text was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, stanzas iv.-vi. of the 1825 text are given as "In one fraternal bond of love."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)