Scripture Verse

Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Thy glory be above all the earth. Psalm 57:5

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 71. Praise to God from all crea­tures.

Music: Lanes­bo­ro Ro­bert W. Dix­on, 1805 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Dix­on (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Isaac Watts (1674–1748)


The Pillars of Creation

The glo­ries of my mak­er God
My joy­ful voice shall sing,
And call the na­tions to ad­ore
Their for­mer and their king.

’Twas His right hand that shaped our clay,
And wrought this hu­man frame;
But from His own im­me­di­ate breath
Our nob­ler spir­its came.

We bring our mor­tal powers to God,
And wor­ship with our tongues;
We claim some kin­dred with the skies,
And join th’an­gel­ic songs.

Let gro­vel­ing beasts of ev­ery shape,
And fowls of ev­ery wing,
And rocks, and trees, and fires, and seas,
Their va­ri­ous tri­bute bring.

Ye pla­nets, to His ho­nor shine,
And wheels of na­ture roll,
Praise Him in your un­wear­ied course
Around the stea­dy pole.

The bright­ness of our ma­ker’s name
The wide cre­ation fills,
And His un­bound­ed gran­deur flies
Beyond the heav’n­ly hills.