The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.@Job 38:7

Nathaniel P. Willis, 1826. Willis wrote this hymn for the consecration of the Hanover Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Duke Street attributed to John Hatton, 1793 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Nathaniel P. Willis (1807-1867)

The perfect world, by Adam trod,
Was the first temple built by God;
His fiat laid the corner stone,
And heaved its pillars one by one.

He hung its starry roof on high,
The broad expanse of azure sky;
He spread its pavement, green and bright,
And curtained it with morning light.

The mountains in their places stood,
The sea, the sky; and all was good;
And when its first pure praises rang,
The morning stars together rang.

Lord, ’tis not ours to make the sea,
And earth, and sky, a house for Thee;
But in Thy sight our offering stands,
A humbler temple, made with hands.