Genesis 1: Let heav'n arise, let earth appear

Let heaven arise, let earth appear

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 17 hymnals

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Let heav’n arise, let earth appear,
said the Almighty Lord:
The heav’n arose, the earth appeared,
at his creating word.

Thick darkness brooded o’er the deep:
God said, ‘Let there be light:’
The light shone forth with smiling ray,
and scattered ancient night.

He bade the clouds ascend on high;
the clouds ascend, and bear
A wat’ry treasure to the sky,
and float upon the air.

The liquid element below
was gathered by his hand;
The rolling seas together flow,
and leave the solid land.

With herbs, and plants, and fruitful trees,
the new-formed globe he crowned,
Ere there was rain to bless the soil,
or sun to warm the ground.

Then high in heav’n’s resplendent arch
he placed two orbs of light,
He set the sun to rule the day,
the moon to rule the night.

Next, from the deep, th’ Almighty King
did vital beings frame;
Fowls of the air of every wing,
and fish of every name.

To all the various brutal tribes
he gave their wondrous birth;
At once the lion and the worm
sprung from the teeming earth.

Then, chief o’er all his works below,
at last was Adam made;
His Maker’s image blessed his soul,
and glory crowned his head.

Fair in th’ Almighty Maker’s eye
the whole creation stood.
He viewed the fabric he had raised;
his word pronounced it good.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let heaven arise, let earth appear
Title: Genesis 1: Let heav'n arise, let earth appear
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #235Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #235Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #66Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #66Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #66Page Scan
Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d389
Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d231
Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern: for the use of all who love to sing the praises of God in Christ, in the family, the school, or the church; with a discourse on music as a divine ordinance... #321Page Scan
Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #4Page Scan
Hymns suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church and Other Occasions of Public Worship ... approved by the Convention of 1826 #d93
Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R1Text
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d150
Selections from the Psalms of David in Metre: with hymns suited to the feasts and fasts of the church, and other occasions of public worship #H4Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d287
The Harp #75Page Scan
The Lecture-Room Hymn-Book: containing the psalms and hymns of the book of common prayer, together with a choice selection of additional hymns, and an appendix of chants and tunes... #H4Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #66Page Scan



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