In the sun, and moon, and stars

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1 In the sun, and moon, and stars,
Signs and wonders there shall be;
Earth shall quake with inward fears,
Nations with perplexity.

2 Soon shall ocean’s hoary deep
Tossed with stranger tempests rise;
Wilder storms the mountain sweep;
Louder thunders rock the skies.

3 Dread alarms shall shake the proud,
Pale amazement, restless fear;
And, amid the thunder cloud,
Shall the Son of Man appear.

4 But though from His awful face
Heaven and earth away shall fly,
Fear not ye, His chosen race,
Your redemption draweth nigh.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9799

Author: Reginald Heber

Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today. -- Greg Scheer, 1995… Go to person page >

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First Line: In the sun, and moon, and stars
Author: Reginald Heber


In the sun and moon and stars. Bp. R. Heber. [Advent.] Appeared in the Christian Observer, Oct. 1811, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "2nd Sunday in Advent—Luke xxi." It was repeated with some changes in the text in Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 9. This text is that usually followed in the hymnbooks in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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