Scripture Verse

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.@Psalm 19:1

Introduction

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Henry Ware, Jr.
(1794–1843)

Words: Hen­ry Ware, Jr., Nov­em­ber 9, 1822. Ware wrote this hymn for a ser­vice ded­i­cat­ing a new or­gan (see last stan­za).

Music: Beth­le­hem (Fink) Gott­fried W. Fink, 1842 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Gottfried W. Fink
(1783–1846)

Lyrics

All nature’s works His praise declare, to whom they all belong;
There is a voice in every star, in every breeze a song.
Sweet music fills the world abroad with strains of love and power;
The stormy sea sings praise to God, the thunder and the shower.

To God the tribes of ocean cry, and birds upon the wing;
To God the powers that dwell on high their tuneful tribute bring.
Like them, let us the throne surround, with them loud chorus raise,
While instruments of loftier sound assist our feeble praise.

Great God, to Thee we consecrate our voices and our skill;
We bid the pealing organ wait to speak alone Thy will.
O, teach its rich and swelling notes to lift our souls on high;
And while the music round us floats, let earth born passions die.

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Waterfall in Yosemite
Thomas Moran (1837–1926)