1 "Now let a spacious world arise,"
Said the Creator Lord:
At once th'obedient earth and skies
Rose at his sov'reign word.
2 Dark was the deep; the waters lay
Confus'd and drown'd the land:
He call'd the light; the new-born day
Attends on his command.
3 He bids the clouds ascend on high;
The clouds ascend, and bear
A wat'ry treasure to the sky,
And float on softer air.
4 The liquid element below
Was gather'd by his hand:
The rolling seas together flow,
And leave the solid land.
5 With herbs and plants a flow'ry birth,
The naked globe he crown'd,
E're there was rain to bless the earth,
Or sun to warm the ground.
6 Then he adorn'd the upper skies;
Behold the sun appears;
The moon and stars in order rise,
To mark out months and years.
7 Out of the deep th'almighty King.
Did vital beings frame,
The painted fowls of ev'ry wing,
And fish of ev'ry name.
8 He gave the lion and the worm
At once their wond'rous birth,
And grazing beasts of various form
Rose from the teeming earth.
9 Adam was fram'd of equal clay,
Though sov'reign of the rest,
Design'd for nobler ends than they;
With God's own image blest.
10 Thus glorious in the Maker's eye
The young Creation stood;
He saw the building from on high,
His word pronounc'd it good.
11 Lord while the frame of nature stands,
Thy praise shall fill my tongue:
But the new world of grace demands
A more exalted song.
Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCLXIV
Now let a spacious world arise. I. Watts. [Creation.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1709, Bk. ii., No. 147, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines. Its use is limited. In the 1745 Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, No. xxxvii., it was given with the omission of stanza xi., and the change, in stanza ii., 1. 3, of "He call’d the Night” into "He call'd the Light," a change which evidently suggested the form of stanza ii. in the recast of 1781. This recast, which opens, "Let heav'n arise, let earth appear," was given as No. i. (Gen. i. 1) in the authorized Translations and Paraphrases, of 1781, and has been in use in the Church of Scotland for more than 100 years. In the markings of authors and revisers by W. Cameron's daughter, this recast is claimed for him.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 19 of 19)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #132||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1806|
|A New Selection of Hymns: compiled from various authors: with a number of original hymns that have never before appeared in print #CLI||Now let a spacious world arise||1813|
|Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d353||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1850|
|Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCLXIV||"Now let a spacious world arise"||Watts||C. M.||1816||On the Creation ||
|Church Hymn Book; consisting of hymns and psalms, original and selected. adapted to public worship and many other occasions. 2nd ed. #334||Now let a spacious world arise||Genesis 1||1838||The Works of God ||
|Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #85||Now let a spacious world arise||1838|
|Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #85||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1842|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #II.CXLVII||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1793|
|Hymns for Christian Melody #50||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1835|
|Hymns Selected #d153||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1808|
|Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d153||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1803|
|Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.147||Now let a spacious world arise,||Hymn 147||Isaac Watts||C. M.||Genesis 1||1806|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #72||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1859|
|The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #651||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1803|
|The Gospel Hymn Book: being a selection of hymns, composed by different authors designed for the use of the church universal and adapted to public and private devotion #28||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1818|
|The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #55||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1835|
|The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d160||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1808|
|The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.CXLVII||Now let a spacious World arise||1766||Creation ||
|The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #B147||Now let a spacious world arise||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1842|