The starry firmament on high

The starry firmament on high

Author: Robert Grant
Published in 72 hymnals

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1 The starry firmament on high,
And all the glories of the sky,
Yet shine not to Thy praise, O Lord,
So brightly as Thy written Word.

2 The hopes that holy word supplies,
Its truths divine, and precepts wise,
In each a heavenly beam I see,
And every beam conducts to Thee.

3 Almighty Lord, the sun shall fail,
The moon forget her nightly tale,
And deepest silence hush on high
The radiant chorus of the sky;

4 But fixed for everlasting years,
Unmoved, amid the wreck of spheres,
Thy word shall shine in cloudless day,
When heaven and earth have passed away.

Source: The Book of Worship #255

Author: Robert Grant

Grant, Sir Robert, second son of Mr. Charles Grant, sometime Member of Parliament for Inverness, and a Director of the East India Company, was born in 1785, and educated at Cambridge, where he graduated in 1806. Called to the English Bar in 1807, he became Member of Parliament for Inverness in 1826; a Privy Councillor in 1831; and Governor of Bombay, 1834. He died at Dapoorie, in Western India, July 9, 1838. As a hymnwriter of great merit he is well and favourably known. His hymns, "O worship the King"; "Saviour, when in dust to Thee"; and "When gathering clouds around I view," are widely used in all English-speaking countries. Some of those which are less known are marked by the same graceful versification and deep and tender feeling. The… Go to person page >

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First Line: The starry firmament on high
Author: Robert Grant

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The starry firmament on high. Sir B. Grant. [Psalm xix.] This was given in Lord Glenelg's posthumous edition of Grant's Sacred Poems, 1839, p. 28, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed with the following words:—

"This is intended as a sequel or counterpart to Addison's hymn, 'The spacious firmament.' It corresponds to the latter portion of the 19th Psalm, as Addison's does to the former."

The use of this paraphrase in its full form is confined to a few American collections. The last stanza, "Almighty Lord, the sun shall fail," is given in Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884, as No. 233.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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WINCHESTER NEW

The original version of WINCHESTER NEW appeared in Musikalisches Handbuch der geistlichen Melodien, published in Hamburg, Germany, in 1690 by Georg Wittwe. It was set to the text “Wer nur den lieben Gott” (see 446). An expanded version of the tune was a setting for "Dir, dir Jehova" (see 203) in…

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Instances

Instances (1 - 72 of 72)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns #2Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d425
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #161Page Scan
Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d872
Cân a Mawl: llyfr hymna a thonau Methodistiaid Calfinaidd Unol Dalaethau yr America=Song and Praise: the hymnal of the Calvinistic Methodist Church of the United States of America #152b
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #3Page Scan
Christian Science Hymnal #336
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #255Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #866Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #343Page Scan
Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #164Page Scan
Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #173Page Scan
Hymnal for Christian Science Church and Sunday School Services #140Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #293Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #293Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #406Page Scan
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d409
Hymns for Church and Home #2Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #222Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #222Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #167Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1065
Hymns of Worship: designed for use especially in the lecture room, the prayer meeting and the family #94Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #80Page Scan
Prison Hymn Book #d338
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #380Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P19.6Page Scan
Sacred Hymns and Tunes: designed to be used by the Wesleyan Methodist Connection (or Church) of America #131Page Scan
Sacred Lyrics #d136
Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #248Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #25Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1075
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #199Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #199Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #199Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #199Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #199Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #103Page Scan
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d851
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #723Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #250.723Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #80Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #723Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #1153Page Scan
The Book of Praise #d349
The Book of Worship #255TextPage Scan
The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for use in social meetings. #143Page Scan
The Chapel Hymnal with Tunes #d178
The Choral Hymnal #d221
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #3Page Scan
The Church Hymnal: a collection of hymns from the Prayer book hymnal, Additional hymns, and Hymns ancient and modern, and Hymns for church and home. For use in Churches where licensed by the Bishop #161Page Scan
The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d869
The Churchman's Hymn-Book, a Collection of Hymns Old and New, for Use in the Services of the Church #d378
The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs": for public, social and family worship and private devotions at the Sanitarium, Clifton Springs, N. Y. #899Page Scan
The College Hymnal: for divine service at Yale College in the Battell Chapel #21Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #320Page Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #6361TextScoreAudio
The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d714
The Evangelical Hymnal with Tunes #377Page Scan
The Gospel Psalmist #149Page Scan
The Methodist Hymnal #203Page Scan
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #7Page Scan
The Plymouth Sabbath School Collection of Hymns and Tunes #9Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #92dPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d1033
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d866
The Service of Praise #d310
The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #174Page Scan
The Southern Psalmist #d807
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d848
The Students' Hymnal; hymns of praise, with selections from scripture for reading and chanting #27Page Scan
The Vestry Hymn Book #d449
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