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