The Spacious Firmament on High Hymn Story and Lyrics

The Spacious Firmament on High Hymn Lyrics

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 nor 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.’

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Who Wrote the Spacious Firmament on High Hymn?

Joseph Addison is the author of this hymn. Joseph Addison was born in UK in 1672 and died in 1719.

Joseph Addison - The spacious firmament on high
Joseph Addison

This was originally a poem that Joseph Addison wrote in The Spectator, London on August 23, 1712. It came after an article in which he argued about the proper means of strengthening and confirming faith in the mind of man.

It is based on Psalm 19; the heavens declare the glory of God…

Joseph Addison used the forum of the newspapers to present his views of God to the public in his day. Something which is rare in our secularized world.

Nowadays the newspapers are controlled by people with no regard for spiritual things.

The Spacious Firmament on High Hymn Video

Below is a video featuring Trinity College Choir Cambridge singing this song.

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