The glorious universe around

The glorious universe around

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: NATIVITY (Lahee)
Published in 62 hymnals

Representative Text

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
Harmoniously unite.

In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below, and saints above,
Their bliss and glory find.

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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

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The glorious universe around
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

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)

Tune

NATIVITY (Lahee)

Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #585

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #342

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d846

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d966

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d256

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #470

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #435

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #435

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #628

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #675

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #788

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #788

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d388

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #394

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #394

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Hymns for Public Worship #423

Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d146

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d454

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #691

Hymns of Progress #d167

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Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #147

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #708

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #7

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Sacred Poetry #218

Selected Hymns #d85

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Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #376

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #474

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d733

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d328

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d323

The Christian's Pocket Companion #d47

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d690

The Gospel Hymnal #d576

The Southern Psalmist #d780

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d819

The Spirit Minstrel. 2nd ed. #d77

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #217

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #513

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d407

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