36 The Spacious Firmament on High

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1. 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 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 this dark terrestrial ball?
What, though no real voice nor sound amidst 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."

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