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 no 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."
|First Line:||The spacious firmament on high|
|Title:||The Spacious Firmament on High|
|Author:||Joseph Addison (1672-1719)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 1:1-2:4; Job 38:1-41; Psalm 19; Baruch 3:9-4:4; Luke 21:25-36|
|Composer:||Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)|
|Trombone arrangement:||Melva Treffinger Graham (1947-)|
|Source:||Adapt. Dulcimer, or New York Collection of Sacred Music, 1850, alt.|
|Copyright:||Trombone arrangement © Melva Treffinger Graham|