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The heavenly spheres to thee, O God

The heavenly spheres to thee, O God

Author: John Bowring
Published in 37 hymnals

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The heavenly spheres to Thee, O God,
Attune their evening hymn;
All-wise, all-holy, Thou art praised
In song of seraphim.
Unnumbered systems, suns, and worlds,
Unite to worship Thee,
While Thy majestic greatness fills
Space, time, eternity.

Nature, a temple worthy Thee,
Beams with Thy light and love;
Whose flowers so sweetly bloom below,
Whose stars rejoice above;
Whose altars are the mountain-cliffs
That rise along the shore;
Whose anthems, the sublime accord
Of storm and ocean-roar.

Her song of gratitude is sung
By Spring’s awakening hours;
Her Summer offers at Thy shrine
Its earliest, loveliest flowers;
Her Autumn brings its golden fruits,
In glorious luxury given;
While Winter’s silver heights reflect
Thy brightness back to heaven.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #399

Author: John Bowring

James Bowring was born at Exeter, in 1792. He possessed at an early age a remarkable power of attaining languages, and acquired some reputation by his metrical translations of foreign poems. He became editor of "The Westminster Review" in 1825, and was elected to Parliament in 1835. In 1849, he was appointed Consul at Canton, and in 1854, was made Governor of Hong Kong, and received the honour of knighthood. He is the author of some important works on politics and travel, and is the recipient of several testimonials from foreign governments and societies. His poems and hymns have also added to his reputation. His "Matins and Vespers" have passed through many editions. In religion he is a Unitarian. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charl… Go to person page >

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First Line: The heavenly spheres to thee, O God
Author: John Bowring

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A Book of Hymns and Tunes #15

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #399

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #399

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #57

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #121

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #88

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #853

Grammar School Hymn Book #d244

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #203

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #171

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #101

Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d160

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #177

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #177

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Hymns for Public Worship #244

Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d148

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #456

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #630

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Hymns of the Spirit #323

Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d222

Songs of the Unity #d188

The Choral #d196

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The Christian Hymn Book #54

The Christian Psalter #d515

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The Disciples' Hymn Book #15

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The Psalms of Life #192

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The School Hymn-Book #58

The Tabernacle #d301

Universalist Hymn Book #d499

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