The Spacious Firmament on High

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Description

Wonderful festival piece and a great "Creation" hymn. This was written for 400 scho,Ol children and a smaller, more advanced SATB choir (adults or high scho,Ol). Wonderful text, easy, singable tune. Could be done as a choir dedication anthem, as a general anthem, or anywhere that a mass choir is gathered. Text by Joseph Addison.

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The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame
Their great Original proclaim.
Th’unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator’s powers display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.

So,On as the evening shades prevail
The mo,On 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.

What though in solemn silence all
Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
What though no real voice nor sound
Amid the radiant orbs be found?
In reason’s ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine,
“The hand that made us is divine.”