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Richard Shephard The Spacious Firmament on High

Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 18
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

Wonderful festival piece and a great "Creation" hymn. This was written for 400 school children and a smaller, more advanced SATB choir (adults or high school). 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.

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.

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.

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.”

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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