The spacious firmament on high
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 Creatorís 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;
While 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
Amidst their radiant orbs be found?
In reasonís ear they all rejoice
And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing, as they shine,
íThe hand that made us is divineí.