Scripture Verse

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1

Introduction

Words: Al­ice Pen­dle­ton, in Gos­pel Ech­oes, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert G. Sta­ples (Os­ka­loo­sa, Iowa: Cen­tral Book Con­cern, 1877), num­ber 40.

Music: E. Cook (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Cook’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Pen­dle­ton, would you ?

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Lyrics

Oh, beautiful gems of the night,
Bedecking the cloudless blue,
From whence is thy glittering light,
And what is thy mission true?

Refrain

Oh beautiful stars,
That gem the brow of night,
We gaze upon thee from afar
As lamps that angels light.

Oh, beautiful gems of the night,
Illuming the heavenly way,
Oh say, does thou make the way bright
That leads to eternal day?

Refrain

Oh, beautiful gems of the night,
Shine on in thy blue arched dome,
Till Christ, in His glorious light
Shall gather us safely home.

Refrain