Scripture Verse

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


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,


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


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?


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


Standing Under the Stars
AstroAnthony, 12 June 2018
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