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Of the Glory of God in the Starry Heavens

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1 The spacious firmament on high,
with all the blue ethereal sky,
and spangled heavens, a shining frame,
their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun from day to day
does his Creator's power display,
and publishes to every land
the work of an almighty hand.

2 Soon as the evening shades prevail
the moon takes up the wondrous tale,
and nightly to the listening earth
repeats the story of her birth;
whilst all the stars that round her burn,
and all the planets in their turn,
confirm the tidings, as they roll,
and spread the truth from pole to pole.

3 What though in solemn silence all
move round the dark terrestrial ball;
what though nor real voice nor sound
amid their radiant orbs be found;
in reason's ear they all rejoice,
and utter forth a glorious voice,
for ever singing as they shine,
'The hand that made us is divine.'

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #550

Author: Joseph Addison

Addison, Joseph, born at Milston, near Amesbury, Wiltshire, May 1, 1672, was the son of the Rev. Lancelot Addison, sometime Dean of Lichfield, and author of Devotional Poems, &c, 1699. Addison was educated at the Charterhouse, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1691 and M.A. 1693. Although intended for the Church, he gave himself to the study of law and politics, and soon attained, through powerful influence, to some important posts. He was successively a Commissioner of Appeals, an Under Secretary of State, Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Chief Secretary for Ireland. He married, in 1716, the Dowager Countess of Warwick, and died at Holland House, Kensington, June 17, 1719. Addison is most widely known through… Go to person page >

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CREATION (Haydn)

The tune CREATION is taken from the chorus “The Heavens Are Telling” from the well known oratorio The Creation (1798) by Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809). Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his mus…

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LONDON (Sheeles)


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Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #63
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #550Text
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #35
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #148TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #426Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #265Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #665TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #409TextFlexscorePage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #103
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #339a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #339b
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #262
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #493
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #96
Sing Praise to God: the Hymntunes of Iam Kellam #15
Small Church Music #1421Audio
Small Church Music #3439Audio
The Christian Life Hymnal #240
The Cyber Hymnal #6268TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #62Text
The New English Hymnal #267TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #117Text
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #20TextAudio
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