1 The glorious universe around,
The heavens with all their train,
Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound
In one mysterious chain.
2 The earth, the ocean, and the sky
To form one world agree;
Where all that walk, or swim or fly,
Compose one family.
3 God in creation thus displays
His wisdom and his might,
While all his works with all his ways
4 In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below and saints above
Their bliss and glory find.
5 Here, in their house of pilgrimage,
Thy statutes are their song;
There, through one bright, eternal age,
Thy praises they prolong.
6 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.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #513
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)